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Saffron: illegal smuggling is not the only problem

December 20, 2022 at 2:50 PM , Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Although Iran’s saffron exports slumped by 32% in volume between January and October, the export value rose by 20%. Suppliers are, however, far from happy.

Exporters struggle

Trouble is not only that illegal smuggling of saffron is way too attractive but also that the political environment is too hostile towards trading. For smugglers it is no problem to enter local markets as many have special permission if they claim to export saffron from neighbouring countries. Advantage is also that they avoid high fees for virtual water or customs, which official exporters have to pay. On top of this, revenues are much higher as they are not forced to exchange their foreign currency earnings into Iran’s complex management s

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