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Iran exports to Qatar surge in 6 months

Iran exports to Qatar surge in 6 months

Tehran : More than $139 million worth of goods were shipped from Iran to Qatar in the first six months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21), up more than 60 percent from the same period last year, Iran’s customs figures showed.

Iran exported 718,333 tons of goods worth $139.4 million to Qatar over six months, the data showed, cited by Mehr news agency on October 10.

Qatar accounted for 1.27 percent of Iran’s exports in terms of weight and 0.60 percent in terms of value, making it the 19th biggest importer of Iranian goods.

White cement, steel, wooden artifacts, vegetables, sweets, rosewater, henna, fruits, sugar, and bitumen oil were among the products exported to Qatar during the period, according to the report.

This comes a year after the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain imposed an embargo on Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

The four states cut diplomatic and transport ties last year. Qatar, which had many of its imports trans-shipped from the UAE and received the bulk of its fresh food across the Saudi border, denied the accusations against it.

Imports into Qatar plunged about 40 percent from a year earlier in the initial weeks of the boycott, but they have since mostly returned to normal as Doha has found new sources of products in countries such as Iran and Turkey, and developed new shipping routes through places such as Oman. Qatar has also launched a drive to produce more things locally, including foods.