TEHRAN, Iran, Dec. 27
Head of the Iran-Turkmenistan Joint Chamber of Commerce Majid Mohammadnejad has rejected the reports about Turkmenistan refusing large shipments of Iranian potatoes due to dangerous contamination with agricultural pesticides and chemicals.
"Out of thousand potato shipments, one was rejected in the last 10 days, but not because of a third party request, but due to our country's customs quarantine rules," Mohammadnejad told Trend.
Iranian potatoes are mainly exported to Uzbekistan and Russia.
Mohammadnejad explained that about 10 days ago, a shipment with potatoes from Iran for Uzbekistan was supposed to be sent via Turkmenistan, but Iran's customs didn't allow the cargo to leave.
Referring to the strict rules and regulations of Iran's customs for food exports, he said that Iran and Turkmenistan have a signed agreement on the matter.
Further speaking, Mohammadnejad said Uzbekistan asked all the Iranian companies to get export license.
"A number of shipments were not carried out because of lack of permits," he said. "Also, a shipment may be rejected for other reasons, such as money transaction issues."