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Iran’s 9-Month Exports to Iraq Hit $9 Billion

ICCAIR- (FNA)- Chairman of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce Yahya Ale Eshaq said that in the first 9 months of the local calendar year (March 22-December 21, 2019), $9 billion of non-oil goods and services were exported to Iraq, adding that the bilateral ties will grow stronger after the Arab country overcomes security concerns.

Noting that Iraq-Iraq trade has been negatively influenced by insecurities in Iraq, Ale Eshaq said on Tuesday that despite the decrease in exports to Iraq, exports to Iraqi Kurdistan has improved.

Iran’s exports to Iraq in the preceding Iranian year was $13 billion, according to the private sector official.

“On January 22, some 2,000 of trucks loaded with goods left Iran for Iraq,” Ale-Eshagh said.

As reported earlier, exports to Iraq through Mehran’s border terminal, located in the West of Ilam province, amounted to about 1.829 million tons during the ten months to January 20.

Director General of Ilam Customs Administration Ruhollah Qolami said on Sunday the country’s exports to Iraq through the major gate witnessed a 35% increase in volume, compared with the corresponding period of last year.

According to him, over 94,000 trucks carrying goods to Iraq passed through the Mehran Border Terminal in the period, also sowing a 39% growth year-on-year.

Iran’s exported commodities to Iraq through Mehran Border mainly include cement, agro products, steel products, plastic products, cars, car parts and petrochemicals.

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