Iran exported more than $120 million worth of mineral and metal products during the period between March 20-July 20, 2000.
According to Mohammad Ansari, head of the Industries Ministry’s International Affairs Office, mineral and metal exports during the period declined by 7.7 percent in terms of weight and 37.8 percent in value terms compared to the corresponding period of last year.
Metal exports, including copper, aluminum and lead constituted $92.16 million of total exports, notes Iran Daily newspaper. The country exported approximately 312,382 tons of steel, valued at $61 million during the period. These figures represent a 57 and 38 percent decline in terms of weight and value respectively versus the equivalent figures of last year.
Mineral exports amounted to 752,431 tons, worth $28 million during the same period. These figures translate into a 90 percent rise in weight terms but an 11 percent drop in terms of value, as opposed to the corresponding figures of last year. During the March 20-July 20 period, 37,000 tons of processed decorative stones valued at $4.6 million and roughly 74,000 tons of unprocessed stones worth $3.2 million were exported.
The aggregate value of last year’s mineral and metal exports amounted to $450 million. –(Albawaba-MEBG)