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Eastern Iranian Province’s H1 Non-Oil Exports to Afghanistan Hit $151 Million

Eastern Iranian  Province’s H1 Non-Oil  Exports to Afghanistan Hit $151 Million

TEHRAN - Iranian traders and companies have exported some $151 million worth of non-oil goods to Afghanistan through the Eastern province of Southern Khorassan in the first 6 months of the current local calendar year (March 21-September 22), a local official of the province said, adding that Afghans have exported $26 million worth of commodities to Iran in the same period.
“Some $151 million worth of Iranian goods were exported to Afghanistan in the last six months,” said Davoud Shahraki, Head of Southern Khorassan’s office of Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade on Saturday.
Some $26 million worth of Afghan goods were imported from Birjand and Mahiroud border crossings during the past six months, according to the official.
He criticized “lack of clear policies in Afghanistan” as well as Kabul’s decisions to close three border markets with Iran in Southern Khorasan Province for a decline in bilateral trade exchanges.
Also on Saturday, Iranian Ambassador to Kabul Bahador Aminian said that his country’s exports to Afghanistan are 3 times more than what it sends to 28 member states of the European Union, highlighting that trade with Afghanistan is of high value to Tehran.
Last month, it was announced that Iran’s export of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Afghanistan from the border crossing of Doqaroon has increased by 4 times in the past 5 months since the start of the local calendar year on March 21
Exports of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Iran’s northeast to neighboring Afghanistan quadrupled in the past five months, Doqaroon Customs Director General Mohammad Kuh Gerda said on September 03. 
“So far 98,417 tons of LNG were exported to Afghanistan through Doqaroon border customs, showing a four-time rise in export of such product in compare to the corresponding period last year,” Kuh Gerd said.
Iran exported 44,929 tons of LNG to Afghanistan during the same period last year, he added.
10 trucks load Iran’s LNG at Doqaroon Customs each day, heading for Afghanistan, according to the official.
80% of the exported energy are made up of raffinate and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Kuh Gerd added, noting that 100% of Iran’s energy exports to Herat in Afghanistan through Doqaroon Customs.
145,113 tons of LNG was loaded onto trucks and dispatched to Afghanistan from Doqaroon Customs last Iranian calendar year, ending on March 20.
“Doqaroon Customs capacity is 350,000 tons of LNG exports, that’s why we have installed the most modern facilities there,” its director general stressed.
In August, a senior energy delegation from Iran visited Kabul, in a bid to further increase energy cooperation between the two countries and to further discuss power supply to Afghanistan.
Iran is the main energy supplier of Afghanistan, providing the poor neighboring country with electricity, oil, oil products and gas. Due to Kabul’s heavy dependence on energy supplies from Iran, the US is unable to affect the cross-border interactions and trade between the two countries. (FNA)