Smugglers undercut prices by 30%
Export restrictions are weighing heavily on Iran’s saffron market and have given rise to illegal smuggling. With Afghanistan now paving the way for farmers to switch from poppy to saffron, Iran’s competitiveness will be further compromised. Inevitable consequence is that more crocuses will be illegally transported to the country’s neighbour. Suppliers reckon that as much as 40% of the 220 mt of saffron exported last year were smuggled.
They are calling on the government to lift restrictions and to permit exp