Iran's non-oil exports reached $3.7 billion for the Iranian year 1379 — which ended five days ago — up 12.4 percent from the previous year, the director general of Iranian customs said Sunday, March 25.
Quoted by television, Abbas Karbassian said however that Iran's third five-year plan (2000-2005) had forecast $4.3 billion in earnings from non-oil exports in 1379 and added that rugs, pistachios and minerals exports were 13 percent less than expected.
Iran, the second largest exporter in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries with 3.6 million barrels per day, has been seeking for years to increase its non-oil exports.
Iran's parliament, dominated by reformists, proposed a law in February that would lift taxes on exported non-oil products. — (AFP, Tehran)
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