Iran’s Ex­port­ing Hand­i­crafts to U.S., Europe Be­gins

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TEHRAN (Tas­nim) – Iran has re­cently be­gun ex­port­ing hand­i­crafts to some west­ern coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United States and Bri­tain, an of­fi­cial with the coun­try’s Cul­tural Her­itage, Hand­i­crafts and Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ICHTO) an­nounced on Satur­day.

Speak­ing to the Tas­nim News Agency, the di­rec­tor­gen­eral of ICHTO’s Hand­i­craft Ex­ports Depart­ment, Pouya Mah­moudian, said the coun­try has man­aged to “dra­mat­i­cally” in­crease ex­ports of hand­i­crafts not only to the Per­sian Gulf lit­toral states but also to some Euro­pean coun­tries.

“Among the Euro­pean Union coun­tries, Ger­many has the largest share of our ex­ports of hand­i­crafts,” she noted.

“Af­ter many years, we suc­ceeded in ex­port­ing our prod­ucts to coun­tries like the US, Bri­tain, the Nether­lands, and Spain,” she added.

Iran has stepped up ef­forts in re­cent years to en­hance its non-oil ex­ports and re­duce de­pen­dency on its oil rev­enues.

In 2014, the coun­try’s ex­ports of com­modi­ties and nat­u­ral-gas con­den­sate reached $50 bil­lion, show­ing a 19 per­cent in­crease.

There was also a boom in Iran’s ser­vice ex­ports in di­verse sec­tors, in­clud­ing tourism, en­gi­neer­ing, and tran­sit.

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