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Raisins: food crisis gives rise to smuggling

July 13, 2022 12:09 PM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Several problems are emerging while harvesting is underway in many parts of Iran. Not only will the crop be smaller than anticipated but the rise in production costs for grapes and raisins is impacting trading on other levels as well.

Illegal raisins gain traction

Iran’s raisin exports, for instance, declined by 55% to 41,194 mt between January and May and traders are anything but optimistic for the new season. Issue are uncompetitive prices. While Turkey is able to sell raisins at prices ranging at USD 1,500/mt, prices in Iran range as high as USD 1,800/mt. These high prices are rendering it unattractive for producers to dry grapes and sell raisins in the new season. Many growers will, therefore, prefer to sell fresh grapes. Suppliers have also been unable to sell considerable volumes of t

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