Iran exports kiwi, pomegranate to Russia
Tehran, Iran, Nov. 5
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Tehran has started exporting kiwi and pomegranate to Russia.
The Head of Iran's Fruits Exporters and Importers Union Seyed Reza Noorani said that the cost of exports to Russia is high, Iran's Fars News Agency reported on Nov. 5.
"The lack of preferential tariff between the two countries' customs administrations is the main problem. Also the money transfer cannot be done by banks, which contributes to the increase in costs," he said.
Noorani said that 750,000 metric tons of pomegranates will be produced in Iran by the end of the current year (starts on March 20, 2015).
"In that case, Iran will become the world's biggest producer of pomegranate," Noorani said.
"Some 300,000 metric tons of kiwis will also be produced by the end of year," he said, adding that by producing the mentioned amount, Iran will become the world's third biggest producer of kiwi after New Zeland and Italy.
Tehran is currently studying the possibility of exporting fruits and agricultural products to Moscow in large amounts.
During an official visit to Tehran by a high-ranking Russian delegation, the country officially requested Iran to increase its agricultural products and food stuff exports to Moscow in order to meet the country's domestic demands.
Head of Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce Assadollah Asgaroladi said on September 30 that the chamber is studying a plan to replace US dollar with the two country's national currencies - rial and ruble - in bilateral trades.