Overview of Bilateral Trade
In 2018, Iran was Taiwan's 35th largest trading partner. Trade between Taiwan and Iran accounted for 0.25% of Taiwan's total trade. Of that figure, Taiwan’s exports to Iran made up 0.13% of Taiwan's total exports, or US$ 443 million, and Taiwan's imports from Iran were 0.4% of total imports into Taiwan, reaching US$1.15 billion. Bilateral trade between the two sides amounted to US$1.59 billion in 2018, representing an decrease of 9.35% over the previous year. This can be separated into exports to Iran, which decreased by 32.14%, and imports from Iran, which increased by 3.94%.
The main exports from Taiwan to Iran were steel, storage devices, storage units, and polyvinyl chloride. The main products imported from Iran to Taiwan were petroleum oils, aluminum, and steel.
Overview of Bilateral Investment
According to statistics from the Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, 74 Iranian direct investment (FDI) cases for a total amount of US$7.57 million were approved from1952 to 2018. Major Iranian investments in Taiwan were in machinery and equipment manufacturing and wholesale and retail.
As for Taiwan's outward investment in Iran, only 1 case was approved from 1952 to 2018. The approved investment amounted to US$183 thousand. The Taiwanese investment in Iran was in machinery and equipment manufacturing.