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Iran exports $637mn of cement

22 August 2010 4:22

Iran has exported more than 637 million dollars of cement during the past Iranian calendar (ended March 20), says the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance.

Iraq, the Persian Gulf littoral states, the Central Asian countries and Afghanistan were the major destinations for Iran’s cement, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

According to IRNA news agency, Iraq imported more than 1.5 million tons of cement worth 456 million dollars to be named the major importer of the Iranian product.

Iran currently produces some 65 million tons of cement per year.

Mehr news agency reported earlier this month that factories in Iran produced nearly 20 million tons of cement during the first 4 months of the current year, showing a 16 percent increase compared with the same period of the previous year.

Last month, Minister of Industries and Mines Ali Akbar Mehrabian also said Iran ranks fifth in the world when it comes to cement production.

“Among the key indicators of development and progress in any society are production and consumption of cement and steel”, said the minister.

“Today, there is no limitation for the production of the two commodities in the country”, the minister added.

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