Official: Iran Exports over $2.9bln Worth of Goods to ECO States
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian trade official said on Thursday that the country has exported over $2.9bln worth of goods to the member states of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).
Spokesman of Iran's Customs Office Ruhollah Latifi said that Iranian trade with members of Economic Cooperation Organization has surpassed $5.7bln in the past eight months of the current Iranian year (starting on March 20).
He added that Iran has exported 7,430,423 tons of goods to ECO member states, which was worth $2,945,623,049.
The Iranian export to the members of ECO involved liquefied gas, petroleum products, fish, shrimps, tomato paste, vegetables, fresh and dried fruits, saffron, dried nuts, etc.
In the same period, Iran has imported 3,481,304 tons of goods with the value of $2,817,313,451. The imported items to Iran from ECO member states have mostly been raw materials, thread strings, cotton, barley, lentil, beans, different kinds of acid, industrial equipment and agricultural machinery.
Members of ECO are Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan.
Latifi said from the ECO members, Iran has had the biggest trade with Afghanistan, Turkey, and Azerbaijan.
ECO is an intergovernmental regional organization established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey, which provides a platform to promote economic, technical and cultural cooperation among member states.
The organization was expanded in 1992 to include seven new members, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.