Iran exported goods worth $32.5 billion in the period between January and September in 2019, Deputy Minister of Industry, Mine & Trade for Commercial Affairs of Iran Hossein Modarres Khiabani said.

In an address to the working group for promoting Southern Khorasan province’s exports, Khiabani also said that removing obstacles in the way of exporters is among the government’s priorities.

Iran’s trade balance stands at $65 billion, taking into account the total imports

 Minister added.

He further noted that efforts are underway to diverse target markets as well as the items exported from the country.

South Khorasan province with about 331 kilometres of shared borders with Afghanistan and due to being located on Silk Road has always been considered as one of the important parts for merchandise exchanging.

Meanwhile, Deputy Head of Iran Trade Development Organisation Farhad Nouri has said that Iran imported and exported goods worth $60 billion since the beginning of the current Iranian year (that started on March 21, 2019).

Nouri said China, Iraq, UAE, Afghanistan and Turkey are major destinations for the Iranian exports while Turkey, UAE and Germany are the biggest Iranian trade in terms of imports.

He further noted that some 75 percent of Iranian exports in 15 groups of goods are made to only five countries, adding that efforts are made to diversify the export of goods and the target markets.

“Currently, exports play a crucial role for the economic lifeline providing currency needs of the country,” he stated.

Nouri emphasised that first priority of the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade is to support producers and the relative satisfaction of the consumers is the Ministry’s second priority.

The World Bank believes Iran’s economy is expected to contract further by 8.7 percent in 2019/20 due to external shocks to oil and gas sector output.