Iran to export chicken, dairy products to Russia

Business Materials 25 May 2015 12:56 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, May 25

By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

A Russian delegation has ratified six Iranian chicken and dairy production units for exporting their products to Russia, director of the International Affairs Office of Iran's Ministry of Agriculture Hooman Fathi said.

He said that the new move comes after one year of investigation and is an unprecedented event in the two countries' mutual trade, ISNA news agency reported May 25.

Fathi said Iran has a record in exporting crops and fruits to Russia, but no protein and dairy products so far.

He added that what makes export of food products to Russia difficult is that the country observes EU quality standards. Russia is at times even stricter than what the EU standards require it to be, he pointed out.

"We managed to add four dairies and two chicken production units to the list of companies that can export their products to Russia. Now, the only thing remains is for Iran's Veterinary Organization and the Russian counterpart to sign a protocol before export can begin," Fathi stated.

Russia was the 18th leading importer of Iranian non-oil goods in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, 2015, according to the Iran Customs Administration.

Iran exported $296.5 million of non-oil goods to Russia and imported $667.18 million of non-oil goods from the country.

Unstable currency damaged Iran-Russia trade in the past year. The Russian ruble has experienced a sharp fall since sanctions were put in place over the Ukraine crisis. Iran's rial however is more stable now, after President Hassan Rouhani took the office in August 2013.

Edited by CN