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Dates: first downturn in EU

May 3, 2023 at 2:06 PM , Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN/BRUSSELS. Ramadan boosted demand for dates in Iran in the first quarter. Demand has thereby taken a most peculiar twist in Turkey. EU imports, however, witnessed a downturn in 2022.

Rise in exports

Iran exported 159,781 mt of dates worth USD 146 million in January-March 2023 as official customs statistics show. This is not only 18% up in terms of volume but also 22% up in terms of value on the 135,590 mt of dates worth USD 119.745 million shipped overseas in the same period in 2022. Average export prices also rose from USD 0.88/kg in 2022 to USD 0.91/kg in 2023.

Issue is that the early start of Ramadan in March boosted demand for high-quality dates, especially in Turkey, where average export prices range particularly high. Pakistan is,

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