Iran exported a record volume of fruits and nuts worth $196 million to Russia in the first three quarters of 2021. Fruit exports of Iran to the Russian Federation increased by 1.5 times in value terms in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.
Andriy Yarmak, Economist at the Investment Centre of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, told east-fruit.com: “The growth in the supply of fruits and nuts from Iran to Russia is one of the reasons for the difficulties fruit suppliers from Moldova and Uzbekistan began to experience in the Russian market last year. Iran can offer a wide range of fruits and supplies them almost all year round, which distinguishes this country from its competitors."
"Also, Iranian suppliers are active in promoting their fruits, while exporters from Moldova, for example, rarely resort to advertising their products. In particular, in the largest fruit and vegetable trading group EF Trade Platform in Telegram, Iran is often among the five most active countries, and Moldova is usually not even in the top 10.”
Apples are a key item of Iranian exports to Russia. In the first 9 months of 2021, Iran increased their exports to Russia 2.5 times to 125,000 tons. They are followed by kiwi, of which more than 37,000 tons were exported from Iran to Russia during this period, watermelons (27,400 tons), peaches and nectarines (26,600 tons), raisins (12,200 tons), dates (7,400 tons), cherries (7,300 tons), pistachio (7,100 tons), sour cherries (6,800 tons), table grapes (4,100 tons) and plums (3,400 tons). Experts note that these volumes may be underestimated, since some of the fruits are exported from Iran to Russia through third countries.