The export of non-oil commodities increased in term of weight and value in the first half of current Iranian year (starting on March 21).
According to statistics released by Customs Administration, dlrs 3.58 billion worth of non-oil commodities excluding oil derivatives, were exported abroad during the said period.
Meanwhile, the figure stood at dlrs 3.26 billion during the same period the previous year.
The report indicated that the weight of exported commodities, excluding gas condensates and petrochemical products, stood at 459 tons during the same period the previous year.
The export of saffron and auto parts increased three-folds this year.
Earlier, the commerce minster announced that the export of non-oil commodities, excluding gas condensates, increased by 145 percent during March 2004-March 2006.
Masoud Mirkazemi said the export of non-oil commodities plus gas condensates increased by 100 percent during the same period.
Referring to the performance of the ninth government, he said some dlrs 43.5 billion worth of non-oil commodities, with the exception of gas condensates, were exported abroad during the said period.
"The figure indicated a 169 percent increase compared to the amount exported during the tenure of the eighth government," he said.
The minister indicated that over dlrs 142.4 billion worth of commodities were imported during the same period. --IRNA