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Iran’s annual exports to CIS hit 1.75 bln USD

TEHRAN, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) — Iran exported a total of 4.79 million tons of goods worth 1.75 billion U.S. dollars to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) during the last Iranian calendar year (March 2019-20), Eghtesad Online news website reported on Tuesday.

The figure registered a 133 percent rise in value compared with the preceding year, Rouhollah Latifi, the spokesperson of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, was quoted as saying.

“Our main export destinations in the CIS region were Russia with 457 million U.S. dollars, Azerbaijan with 429 million U.S. dollars and Armenia with 231 million U.S. dollars,” Latifi said.

Iran mainly exported pistachios, liquefied natural gas, kiwis, Portland cement, tomatoes, apples and dates to CIS countries, he said.

Latifi also said that around 1.17 million tons of commodities worth 1.56 billion U.S. dollars were imported from the CIS states in the period under the study, which registered a 10 percent decline year-on-year.

Russia with 1.17 billion U.S. dollars, Uzbekistan with 147 million U.S. dollars and Kazakhstan with 104 million U.S. dollars were the main exporters to Iran among CIS countries, he added.

Major commodities imported into Iran from CIS nations included nuclear reactor parts, barley, sunflower oil, field corn, radio navigation devices and sheep carcasses, he noted.

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