Mehdi Mir-Ashrafi said that Iran traded 79.1 million tons of non-oil products worth $45 billion during March 21-September 22, IRNA reported.
The official put the six-month non-oil exports at 60 million tons valued at $21.8 billion, with a 61 percent rise in value and a 30 percent growth in weight.
The IRICA head mentioned liquefied natural gas, methanol, polyethylene, semi-finished iron products, iron ingots, propane, urea, gasoline, iron rods and cathodes as the main exported products in the said time span.
He said major export destinations of the Iranian goods were China with about 14.8 million tons worth $6.5 billion, Iraq with 13.9 million tons worth $3.8 billion, Turkey with 7.2 million tons worth $2.3 billion, the UAE with 5.8 million tons worth $2.2 billion, and Afghanistan with 2.5 million tons worth $1 billion.
The official further announced that Iran imported 19.1 million tons of non-oil commodities worth $23.1 billion in the said six months with a 37 percent growth in value and a 15 percent rise in weight year on year.
Mir-Ashrafi named cellphones, livestock corn, sunflower oil, barley, meal, wheat, soybeans, sugar, palm oil, and rice as the main imported commodities.
The UAE with 5.9 million tons of goods worth $7.3 billion was the top exporter to Iran in the said period, followed by China with 1.5 million tons of goods worth $5 billion, Turkey with 2.1 million tons worth $2.4 billion, and Switzerland with one million tons worth $900,000, the official stated.
According to the official, out of the total 19.1 million tons of goods imported into the country in the first six months of this year, 14.3 million worth $8.9 billion were basic goods, which constituted 75 percent of the total imported goods.