Despite pressing allies to impose unilateral sanctions against Iran, US exports to Iran climbed significantly in the first month of their implementation. According to figures published by the US Census Bureau's foreign trade statistics, US exports to Iran rose 36 percent in July compared to the previous month, when the sanctions were not yet imposed. The figures indicate that in June 2010, US exports to Iran reached $9.5 million, whereas in July the amount climbed to $13 million, as released by the Bureau, Fars news agency reported on Sunday. Although the amount of exports appears insignificant, experts say the figures ironically indicate that in the very first month of implementing its own engineered sanctions against Iran, while simultaneously engaged in a rigorous global campaign to push allies to follow suit, Washington actually failed to follow through itself, proving once again that it regards itself as an exception. Contrary to the export figures, the trade statistics show that US imports from Iran declined 17 percentage points from $5.4 million in June to $4.5 million in July. Meanwhile, the trade volume between the two countries stood at $17.5 million, reflecting a 17 point increase compared to June's $14.9 million figure.