Iran's date exports unchanged despite sanctions and pandemic

Business Materials 8 September 2020 14:28
Iran's date exports unchanged despite sanctions and pandemic

TEHRAN, Iran, Sep. 8


The Head of the National Date Association of Iran said the business card issue has made Iranian merchants reluctant to export dates but the number of exports in the current year is similar to last year.

“The export of dates has not decreased significantly compared to last year despite Coronavirus pandemic, so we must be more sensitive to packaging and health protocols at the time of harvest so that the customer receives a fresh product,” the Head of the National Date Association of Iran, Meqdad Takallouzadeh said, Trend reports citing ILNA.

"In this regard, we are conducting research and we have published brochures on the observing the health protocols,” he added. “These protocols are also to be translated into several languages and used in the international markets for importers.”

He also noted that Iran is one of the leading producers of dates in the world, adding that 8.5 million tons of dates are produced annually around the world, of which 1.2 million tons are produced by Iran.

“Egypt has the highest date production, ranking first, followed by Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Algeria,” Takallouzadeh stated.

He noted that "The major dates export is being done by Tunisia, Algeria, and Saudi Arabia, as these countries are Iran`s main competitors."

Referring to the variety of dates around the world he says that “it is interesting to know that the variety of dates in the world is very high, for example, in our country, there are 400 types of dates, of which only 10 to 12 types are exported.”

He added that "Last year, we had 50,000 tons of exports, equal to 350 million euros.”

The Head of the National Date Association of Iran noted that they have taken measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“Coronavirus cannot spread through agricultural products, but to be sure, we also inquired from the World Health Organization and the FAO, which confirmed that the virus is not capable of spreading by agricultural products,” he said.