Iran’s ministry of mines and metals announced Monday a 51.2 percent increase in terms of the value and 10.4 percent growth in the weight of steel products exported from the country in the first eight months of 2000, compared to the same period the previous year reported the IRNA news agency.
Overall, 856,103 tons of iron rods, pipes and joints, iron sheets, iron bars and slabs, worth US$171 million, were exported from January through August.
Copper exports were up 8.2 percent during the same period in terms of value, reaching $53.6 million, but they fell 9.7 percent in weight to close out the eight-month period at 30,886 tons.
Aluminum exports rose dramatically during the eight-month period, when compared to the corresponding months in 1999, rising 130.1 percent in value to $38 million, and 128.5 percent in weight to 28,550 tons.
Also, according to the ministry, during the first eight months of 2000, 4,682 tons of zinc ingots worth $4.68 million were exported; as were 518 tons of lead ingots worth $233,000; 7,907 tons of ferro silicon worth $3.48 million; 1,950 tons of ferro chromite worth $953,000; 80 tons of ferro molybdenum, valued at $293,000; 7,697 tons of coal worth $178,100; 56,453 tons of concentrated zinc worth $6.62 million; 9,715 tons of concentrated lead worth $953,600; 1,995 tons of concentrated molybdenum worth $3.86 million, and 46,063 tons of concentrated copper, worth $11,5 million. – (Albawaba-MEBG)