Iran seeks to boost trade ties with Azerbaijan, Georgia
Iran will send economic delegations to Azerbaijan and Georgia in a bid to improve ties with its neighbors, the Mehr News Agency quoted Yahya Al-e Es'haq, the chairman of Tehran chamber of commerce, as saying.
Previously, economic delegations have been dispatched to Iraq and Armenia, and such delegations will be sent to Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Afghanistan, as well, said.
The Tehran chamber of commerce pursues the policy of enhancing relations with the Persian Gulf states seriously, he said, adding that a number of delegations have been dispatched to the UAE, Iraq, Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar in this regard.
About $274 million worth of non-oil products were exported from Iran to Azerbaijan in the first six months of 2013 (the calendar year in Iran begins on March 21), the economic adviser to the Iranian embassy in Azerbaijan Sayyid Faraj Shahidi told Trend.
The main products exported from Iran to Azerbaijan during the reported period include construction materials, including cement, clinker, raw glass, ceramic tile, as well as iron ore and agricultural products, the advisor of the embassy said.
According to him, about $11 million worth of goods was exported from Azerbaijan to Iran in the first six months of 2013.
The major part of the import included timber, lumber, cotton, unsaturated cyclic hydrocarbons and various kinds of rubber materials, Shahidi said.
Around $2,654,000 worth of 301 cars were exported from Iran to Azerbaijan during the reported period, he added.
Moreover, the abolition of the visa regime between Georgia and Iran has increased the number of tourists up to 90,000. Trade turnover between the countries has increased up to $100 million, Georgian ambassador to Iran, George Janjgava has said.