Fars News Agency, Iran
Dec 8 2012
Official: Export of Goods from Aras Free Trade Zone Increases by 43%
TEHRAN (FNA)- Some $105mln worth in goods have been exported from Aras
Free Trade Zone (AFTZ) since the beginning of the current Iranian year
(started March 20), showing a 43-percent rise as compared with last
year’s corresponding period, an Iranian official announced Saturday.
“Exports from Aras Free (Trade) Zone increased by 43 percent in
value and 50 percent in weight in the said period as compared with the
corresponding period in the last year,” AFTZ Managing-Director Sadeq
“This volume of goods which weighed 120,000 tons was exported to
Georgia, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
Turkey, Germany, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and some European
countries,” he added.
Najafi said that the exported goods and products included trailers,
trucks, cotton, furniture, different kinds of kitchen cabinet sheets,
plastic rolls and bags, copper ingot, wooden pallets, metal stand,
gasoline, diesel fuel, polyethylene, steel rod, kitchen utensils,
raison, freezers, beds and motorcycles.
There are more than 100 manufacturing, industrial, and trading units
active in AFTZ and their products are exported to target countries
across the globe.
In a meeting with governor-general of Armenia’s Sionik province in
June, Najafi inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation
in investment, trade and environmental sectors.
“In this MoU, it was agreed that an Iranian-Armenian free trade zone
will be established for joint investment by Aras Free Trade Zone and
Sionik province,” Najafi said.
The two sides also agreed to create a joint border market at Nordouz
border which is located within the boundaries of Aras Free Trade Zone,
The AFTZ’s exports are mostly destined for Azerbaijan, Germany,
Armenia, Turkey, Russia, Iraq, Georgia and Nakhichevan.