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Raisins: lack of health guidelines hamper exports

April 1, 2020 11:54 AM, Der AUDITOR
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MASHAD. Raisins are the most important export product in Iran’s Khorasan Razavi Province. The Trade Commission of the Khorasan Razavi Chamber of Commerce, however, states that raisin exports have declined sharply since the coronavirus outbreak in Iran.

Lack of guidelines is problematic

One problem that hampers exports is that health guidelines need to be established. Market players in Khorasan Razavi have called on the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade to coordinate with Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and Tajikistan to set up health and quarantine guidelines and provide safety for exports. These countries are the main export destinations for raisins from Khorasan Razavi. Chambers of Commerce are desperately trying to resolve issues such as closed borders and customs in the ports of destination. Iran’s oil exports have most certainly suffered as some neighbouring countries have closed their borders.

Nominal rise in price

As exports have been strongly impeded in March, traders are calling for lower-priced raisins. The problems in the export market notwithstanding, the prices for raisins have risen instead over the last two weeks. An upsurge in demand for the Iranian New Year and the marketing of dried fruits as valuable nutrients in times of the Covid-19 pandemic have nominally driven up prices by 4%-5%. Traders, however, reckon that upcountry demand will decline and push prices down over the next few weeks.


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