According to the director general of Agrifood Exports Coordination Bureau with the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, the annual four-month ban on kiwi exports expired on October 6 and shipments from Iran have resumed. Mahmoud Bazari explained that every year, the ban is imposed to prevent the export of unripe and low-quality kiwis that would give the Iranian fruit a bad reputation.
The latest data released by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration show a total of 112,000 tons of kiwis worth $82 million were exported from Iran during the first 10 months of the last Iranian year (March 21, 2019-Jan. 20, 2020).
Iraq, Afghanistan and Central Asian countries are the traditional export destinations for Iranian kiwis. Financialtribune.com explains how the Mazandaran Province, located along the Caspian Sea coastline, is the country’s biggest producer of the fruit.