Oct 10 2013
By Mohammed al-Salehi
Azzaman, October 10, 2013
Iran has exported goods worth $2.868 billion to Iraq in the first six months of this year, local newspapers, quoting Iranian customs official said.
They said the value of Iranian goods reaching Iraq did not include what the country pays for its fuel and electricity imports which are estimated to be worth billions of dollars.
Iraq is now Iran’s second largest trade partner in non-oil goods after China, which imported goods worth $3.85 billion from Iran in the same period.
Iran has expanded trade with its neighboring states in a bid to circumvent punitive sanctions imposed by the United Nations and some western countries.
The officials expected Iran’s non-oil exports to Iraq to be worth up to $6 billion by the end of the year.
Iraq has more than 1000 kilometer-long border with Iran, which has recently established numerous free-trade zones in the vicinity of major Iraqi provinces along its frontier.
Tehran has set up commercial attaches in almost all southern provinces as well as the autonomous Kurdish region, which comprises the three provinces of Dahouk, Arbil and Sulaimaniya.
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