Iran’s shrimp exports rise by 123% in 6 months
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 11
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran exported $10.9 million worth of shrimps in the first half of the current Iranian fiscal year, which began on March 21, a 123 percent rise year on year.
Hassan Salehi, the head of Iran's Fisheries Organization, said that 2500 tons of shrimps were exported to 16 countries in the 6-month period, a 108 percent rise compared to the same period in the previous year, ISNA news agency reported on October 11.
Iranian shrimps were exported to Armenia, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, the US, Belgium, Thailand, Turkey, South Korea, Oman, Russia, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Mexico, and Vietnam, he said.
The UAE was the main importer of Iranian shrimps, importing 1763 tons of shrimps, he noted.
Last year, some 12,000 tons of shrimps were exported to different countries, he added.
Salehi said in September that Iran expects its seafood exports to hit $350 million in the current Iranian fiscal year.
He added that seafood exports are projected to rise by 15 percent this year.
"We are planning to expand export markets in East Europe, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and Caucasus," he added.
Last year, over $300 million of seafood were exported to Vietnam, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates, he noted.
Salehi said in August that 19 firms have already acquired Russia's permit on the import of fishery products, all of which were confirmed by the government.
In the wake of western stiffening sanctions against Russia, Iran's Fisheries Organization has been considering exporting fishery products to the country.
Also, tariff on Iran's fishery products exports to Russia will fall to as low as 2.25 percent compared to the earlier 25 percent which had decreased the competition power of Iranian exporters in target markets, Salehi stressed.