Pistachios: road to Europe blocked due to coronavirus

March 9, 2020 2:26 PM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. The outbreak of the coronavirus has stalled demand in China and other countries in East Asia since the end of January. Now the pistachio market has received another blow. As Turkey has closed the border to Iran, transport to Europe has become extremely difficult.

Trucks not permitted to Turkey

Problem is that Iranian pistachios are frequently transported to Europe over the Bazargan border to Turkey. As the coronavirus-related death rate surged in Iran Turkey, however, closed this important route on 23 February. Iranian trucks are not allowed to transit to Turkey. After China, Turkey is the second most important export destination, Germany ranks fourth and Italy ninth. To urge Turkey to reopen the border the custom officials in Bazargan have called for an emergency meeting with their Turkish colleagues in Gurbalak. Suppliers

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