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Saffron: not as it seems

March 7, 2023 at 12:04 PM , Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Iran’s top three export destinations for saffron comprise the United Arab Emirates, Spain and China. Not everything is, however, quite as straightforward as it may seem. Suppliers also report a huge price gap.

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According to official customs statistics Iran exported more than 213,000 kg of saffron worth USD 198 million in 2022. The United Arab Emirates, Spain and China are the most important export destinations by far for Iran. Yet, this is only the half the story. Issue are the financial sanctions, which divert the flow of goods. As suppliers explain the United Arab Emirates act as an intermediary country for Iranian products, forwarding saffron on to many other destinations including the United States, Canada and European countries. Spain also takes advan

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