Israel boosts exports to Arab states
Israeli industrial exports, excluding diamonds, to Arab states went up by 26% in January-September 2005, compared with the corresponding period of 2004, to hit $171 million. The figure was disclosed Sunday by Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute chairman David Arzi.
According to Globes, Arzi said 66 exporters now sell consumer products, security goods, transport equipment, rubber and plastics products, and mining and quarrying products to Iraq. These exports to Iraq peaked at $3.7 million in January-September, 25% more than in the corresponding period of last year. Israeli exports to Iraq totaled $4.6 million in 2004.
Exports to Tunisia were boosted by 145% in January-September, compared with the corresponding period of last year, to $1.7 million. Most exports were chemicals.
1,795 Israeli exporters are now active in Jordan, 120% more than in 2003. Despite this, exports to Jordan went down by 13% in January-September, compared with the corresponding period of 2004, to $86.5 million.
The Export Institute added the number of Israeli exporters to Egypt jumped by 9% to 123. All in all, Israeli exports to Egypt spurted by 189% in January-September, compared with the corresponding period of last year, to $64.6 million.