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No limit for Iran’s seafood exports to Russia

Business Materials 20 June 2015 15:11 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 20

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iran sees no limitation on exporting seafood to Russia, Hassan Salehi, the Islamic Republic's deputy agriculture minister said.

Any Iranian trader can submit export demand to Iran's fisheries and veterinary organizations, he said, emphasizing that once the Russian side approves the demand, the trader can join to seafood exporters.

Salehi said that Russia and Iran have signed an agreement on exporting 20,000 metric tons of seafood from Iran to Russia, including shrimp, trout, sprat as well as canned fish during the current Iranian fiscal year(started on March 21), Iran's ISNA news agency reported June 20.

He further said that the first consignment of Iranian seafood will be exported to Russia in August.

The Iranian official added that the VHS-virus disease which was discovered in some Iranian trout farms is not harmful for human, so should not be considered as a limitation for Iran's trout export to Russia.

Russia banned imports of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28-nation European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway for one year at the start of August 2014, in retaliation for sanctions imposed over Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.

Iran says the Russian tit-for-tat ban on food from the West has opened up new opportunities for its exporters.

Russia has reduced tariffs on imports of fishery products to 20 percent, which led to a surge in requests for importing Iranian seafood, Issa Golshahi, an official with the Iranian Fishery Organization said in May.

Golshahi forecasted that seafood exports to Russia would rise by 1.5 fold in the next Iranian fiscal year.

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