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Dates: exporters suffer heavy losses

April 16, 2020 11:42 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. As much as 500,000 tones of dates are available in the warehouses in Iran. If these volumes are not sold soon, the market will be in trouble. Problem is that the government is considering export duties.

These duties were imposed last year in the run up to Ramadan to prevent prices form surging in the domestic market while consumption is up. Studies have, however, shown that ample supplies are available this year and traders are desperately trying to dissuade the government from imposing export duties.

Liquidity is a problem

Due to the coronavirus-related restrictions and standstills in shipments the exporters have already incurred heavy losses. Some cargo containers have been waiting at the coast for two months for ships to arrive. Problem is that the dates will perish soon. Although other shipments managed to reach the ports of destination, health checks and disinfections had to be carried out at high costs for the exporters. Due to the closure of border many trucks were, in addition, forced to stop, which imposed considerable damage. Since many non-bank transfer channels are closed many suppliers have not yet received any payment. Liquidity is tight in the export market. The problems in shipments have prompted a 5.8%-6.8% rise in prices over the last two weeks as the is a lack of Mazafati dates in the export market, which has driven up international demand. Ramadan has, in addition, prompted a rise in domestic demand.

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