TEHRAN – Non-petroleum products worth $ 61 million were exported from the Arvand Free Zone (FTZ) in Khuzestan Province in southwestern Iran during the period a month and a half since the start of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21), according to a provincial official.
Seyed Ali Mousavi, deputy head of the Arvand Free Zone Organization for Investments and Economic Affairs, said the exported goods included building materials, clinker, minerals, bitumen and various industrial oils, dates and dairy products, and were exported from the port of Shalamcheh and the ports of Khorramshahr and Abadan, located in the Arvand Free Zone.
These goods have been exported to Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, China, Australia and Germany, and some countries in Central Asia, he added.
The official previously announced that the area has attracted $ 52 million in approved foreign investment projects in the last Iranian calendar year (ended March 20).
He said that the status of investments is correct in this area despite the sanctions.
During the past two decades, free and special economic zones have played an important role in the Iranian economy, and the Iranian government has seriously pursued a program of developing existing zones and establishing new ones.
According to Morteza Bank, the former secretary of Iran’s High Council of Free Zones, more than 40% of Iranian exports go through the country’s free zones and special economic zones and $ 169 billion in commodities have been exported from these areas over the past seven years. .