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Dried figs: Kazakhstan’s surprising move

June 1, 2022 8:38 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Iran’s dried fig exports slumped by nearly 50% in April as compared with last year. Kazakhstan has, however, taken suppliers by surprise. The stalled negotiations over the nuclear deal are also impacting the market.

Exports slump by 50%

Iran exported as little as 291 mt of dried figs worth USD 880,000 in April. This is not only 49% less in terms of volume than the 568 mt worth USD 1.720 million shipped overseas in April 2021 but also around 61% down on the 750 mt worth USD 2.268 million exported in March 2022. Average export prices ranged at USD 3.02/kg in April 2022. This sharp decline was driven by Ramadan, which ended on 21 April, and by last year’s summer drought, which impacted production. Reductions in quality also weighed on export demand.

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