Iran exported nearly $2.8 billion worth of agri-food in seven months

Iran’s export of agri-food products in the seven-month period ending on October 22, 2019 reached a total of 2.794 billion, says a government official.

Iranian deputy Agriculture Minister Abdolmehdi Bakhshandeh said on Thursday that the country had exported a total of 3.582 million tons of food and agricultural products since the start of the current calendar year in March. He also said the value of the exports accounted for 11.42 percent of the total shipments from Iran excluding crude.

The destination countries mostly included neighbors and countries like Germany, India and Vietnam, he said.

Agri-food imports, however, was around three times the exports in weight terms with 13.690 million tons. The imports accounted for nearly 30 percent of the value of all shipments arriving in Iran, or $7.459 billion, said the official.

The major agri-food items exported from Iran between late March and late October included vegetables, fresh and processed tomato, onion, garlic, potato and apple, said Bakhshandeh.


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