Ahmadinejad: Iran's Industrial Exports Reach $18bln

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced on Saturday that the country's industrial exports have reached $18bln in the current Iranian year (started on March 21).

Addressing a ceremony to commemorate the 'Industry and Mine Day' in Iran, Ahmadinejad reiterated that Iran exported $6bln worth of industrial goods to other countries four years ago while the number has increased to $18bln now.

He also underlined that Iran's industry sector has grown drastically despite the sanctions and problems facing the country.

Ahmadinejad's remarks came days after Iranian Custom's Director-General for Statistics and Information Technology Hossein Kakhaki announced that Iran's non-oil exports showed a 33.3% growth in value and amounted to over $4.5 billion in the first two months of the current Iranian year (March 20 to May 20).

The official further pointed out that the country's imports showed a decline of 6.3% in weight, and 19.8% in value during the same period and reached nearly $8.4 bln. According to Kakhaki, the top 10 Iranian non-oil export products were hydrocarbons, liquid gases, liquid propane, polyethylene, liquid butane, pistachio nuts, ethylene, methanol, Portland cement, cucumbers and pickles.

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