According to EastFruit analysts, Iran reduced its exports of fruits and vegetables by 6% in 2021 due to a sharp decline in sales to countries such as Iraq, Russia, China and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, a number of countries have sharply increased imports of Iranian fruits and vegetables.
Among the sales markets that increased fruit and vegetable imports from Iran faster than others, Uzbekistan stands apart. In 2021, it spent 5 times more money on importing vegetables and fruits from Iran than in 2020. Iran’s revenue from the supply of fruits and vegetables to Uzbekistan in 2021 reached $46.2 million, making Uzbekistan the 15th largest market for Iran.
Obviously, the main product of the fruit and vegetable category, which was exported from Iran to Uzbekistan, was marketable potatoes. The volume of exports of Iranian potatoes to Uzbekistan in 2021 reached 146 thousand tonnes, having increased 36 times. Iranian dates were the second, of which Uzbekistan imported 7.4 thousand tonnes – 3 times more than in 2020.
Fresh apples were the third in terms of exports. Uzbekistan increased the import of Iranian apples by 9 times to 6.4 thousand tonnes in 2021! The next most imported Iranian fruit in terms of volume was kiwi. Uzbekistan bought 3.9 thousand tonnes of kiwis from Iran in 2021, doubling imports in a year! However, kiwi can be successfully grown for domestic consumption in Uzbekistan and exported to other countries!
We also note the sharp many-fold increase of imports of Iranian mandarins and oranges to Uzbekistan. Imports of Iranian pistachios to Uzbekistan also increased by 2.5 times in 2021, and Iranian garlic – by almost 5 times.
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