Transit of goods via Iran rises 2.4% in spring 2014

TEHRAN – Over 3.48 million tons of goods were transited via Iran in spring 2014, a 2.4 percent rise compared with spring 2013, an official at the Iranian Roads Maintenance Organization said on Tuesday.

Spring 2014 corresponds to the first quarter of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-June 21).

Some 96 percent of the goods were transited by roads, showing 3.5 percent rise compared to the same period of time last year, the Tasnim News Agency quoted Iranian Roads Maintenance Organization official Mohammad Javad Atrchian as saying.

The transited consignments mostly consisted of fuel, home appliances, cotton, construction materials and vehicles.

Over 12 million tons of goods were transited via Iran in the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, 2014, a 4 percent rise year on year.

Iran earns some 14 trillion rials (about $437.5 million) annually through transiting goods via ports.

In September 2013, Iranian Transport and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi said that Iran plans to quadruple transit of goods to as much as 50 million tons per year.