China, Iran’s biggest exporter after bans lifted
Press TV – Official figures show Iran’s imports from China saw a major rise over the past four years in what is seen as a result of the removal of sanctions against the country and the subsequent return of global shipping lines to its ports.
Figures reported by Iran’s state news agency IRNA show that imports from China since 2013 – when President Hassan Rouhani was elected to office – had already reached $43.7 billion.
Imports from 2009 to 2013 – when former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in office – stood at $26.2 billion.
Mohammad Saeidnejad, the managing director of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO), was quoted by IRNA as saying that almost all exports to Iran were made through a mechanism known as “trans-ship” over the years that the country was under sanctions.
The mechanism, Saeidnejad said, envisaged delivering cargos at secondary ports in neighboring countries – mainly the UAE – before final shipments were done through small boats to Iran’s southern ...