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Iran has resumed the export of farmed caviar to the European Union member states, the head of Iran Veterinary Organization announced.

Mohammad Aqamiri said, “The resumption of exports of Iranian farmed caviar products to the European Union is due to the efforts of my colleagues in the veterinary organization”.

Iran exported over four million tons of caviar as well as one million tons of sturgeon meat worth about $16 million in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20, 2021), an official with the Iran Fisheries Organization has stated.

According to Naser Karami-Rad, Iran is expected to become the world’s second or third biggest caviar producer over the next ten years.

According to Arezu Ghaniyoun, the deputy head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) Bureau of Customs Statistics and Information Processing, Iran exported 1.3 tons of caviar worth $539,000 in the first six months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-September 22, 2021), registering a 50 percent rise in terms of value compared to the figure for the previous year’s same period.

The Islamic Republic had exported 605 kilograms of caviar worth $350,000 during the previous year’s same six months.

Iranian caviar was exported to 23 different countries during the mentioned time span, Ghaniyoun noted.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) was the main importer of Iranian caviar during the said six months, accounting for about 32 percent of the total imports in terms of weight and value. Britain stood in second place, accounting for nearly 17 percent of the total caviar imports.

Portugal, Kuwait, and Japan, each accounting for about six percent of Iran’s total caviar exports, were also among the top importers of the product in the first half of the current year, according to Ghaniyoun.

She noted that about 466 kg of the total exported caviar was exported to five European countries, namely Britain, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, and Portugal, which means about 37 percent of Iran’s caviar exports were to Europe.

Back in July, 2021, IFO Head Nabiollah Khoun-Mirzaei said the country’s annual caviar production has reached 12 tons.

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