EghtesadOnline: Iran exported 35,740 tons of pistachio during the first four months of the current Iranian year (March 20-July 21), the head of Iran Pistachio Association said.
Hossein Rezaei added that exports amounted to 2,600, 9,200, 9,800 and 14,140 tons in the four months respectively, IRNA reported.
He did not mention the value of exports.
Latest data on the value of pistachio exports from Iran show 21,720 tons worth $154.12 million were exported during the first quarter of the current Iranian year (March 20-June 20).
According to Spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration Rouhollah Latifi, 54 countries were the destinations of Iranian pistachio in spring, with China topping the list with 5,547 tons worth $35.4 million, Fars News Agency reported.
China was followed by Germany, Iraq and Russia with 2,982, 1,866 and 1,455 tons of imports respectively, he added.
Latifi did not mention the value of exports to these countries.
In fact, pistachio topped the list of Iran's agrifood product exports during the three months under review in terms of value.
Iran exported more than 2 million tons of agrifood products worth over $1.25 billion in Q1, registering a 16.29% rise in tonnage, but 3.69% decline in value compared with last year’s corresponding period, according to the Agriculture Ministry.
According to Latifi, Iran was the world’s second largest exporter of pistachio in 2019 with $586 million, after the US with $1.56 billion.
Iran’s annual domestic demand for pistachio amounts to between 35,000 and 45,000 tons, accounting for 20% of the total output.
On average, Iran exports 80% of its total pistachio yields.