Economy, Domestic Economy

Maritime Borders Account for 90% of Q1 Trade

Maritime Borders Account for 90% of Q1 TradeMaritime Borders Account for 90% of Q1 Trade

The first quarter of the current Iranian year (started March 21) saw the import of 9.4 million tons and exports of 12.49 million tons of oil-based and non-oil goods via the country’s land and maritime borders, said the head of Information Technology and Communications Bureau of Iran Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization. The figures indicate a 6% fall in imports compared to the corresponding period last year, Faramarz Maddah added.

“Exports and imports via land borders stood at 1.71 million and 368,000 tons respectively. Around 9.5% of imports and exports were carried out by land and 90.5% by sea,” Mehr News Agency quoted him as saying.

Accounting for 55% of imports, Bazargan beat Astara (19%) and Mirjaveh (12%) to become the most active border terminal in the country, the official noted, adding that Bazargan came first in exports accounting for 23% of the total, followed by Dogharoon (12%) and Astara (9%).

“Afghanistan and Turkey were the top destinations of Iranian exports and imports were mostly brought in from Turkey and Azerbaijan Republic,” he said.

The share of Iranian trucks in the movement of exports and imports was 59% and 40% respectively.

In terms of entries and exits by passengers, around 70,000 passengers traveled to Iran in 8,000 vehicles. Buses, minibuses and cars moved in 45%, 8% and 47% of the tourists to Iran. Also, 84,000 people travelled overseas during the first quarter, 46% of them by buses, 4% by minibus and 50% by cars.

On statistics of land borders’ vehicle traffic, Maddah said, Dagharoon and Bileh Savar served as the busiest borders. Regarding the nationality of passengers some 32,000 foreign nationals and 38,000 Iranians entered the country and 36,000 foreigners and 48,000 Iranians travelled overseas in the same period.