Despite Coronavirus Restrictions, Iranian Seafood Exports Rising

Published Jun 22, 2020

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Iranian seafood exports increased in the past 1398 Iranian year (until March 19) compared with the previous year, despite the restrictions imposed on food exports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said the Director General for Improving Seafood Quality of the Processing and Promotion Department at market associated with the Iranian fishing organization, Issa Golshahi.

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He said seafood exports from Iran to target markets were suspended from mid-February to March 20 after the spread of coronavirus worldwide. He added that about 146,000 tons of seafood worth 539 million US dollars were exported from Iran to various countries for 10.5 months, until mid-February 2020, showing an increase of 11 million US dollars in value terms and 3,000 tons in weight, compared with the figure for the 12-month period ending March 20, 2019. “Iran exported 143,000 tons of seafood worth $ 525 million to various countries from March 21, 2018 to March 20, 2019,” he said. He believes that if COVID-19 did not exist, the value of Iranian seafood exports is expected to reach $ 600 million last year. Goloshakhi noted that over 1.3 million tons of seafood have been produced in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors over the past Iranian year. He noted that in the current Iranian year, several new aquatic products were added to the country's seafood export basket, which helped ...
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