Prospects of fruit export to Iran brighten

KARACHI: Prospects for exports of Pakistani fruits and produce appear bright following lifting of economic sanctions on Iran.

In a press release issued on Thursday, All Pakistan Fruits and Vegetables, Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) Chairman Waheed Ahmed estimated an export potential of $80 million with Iran. He stressed that banking channels between the two countries should be restored.

“Pakistan can ship 80,000 tonnes of kinno worth $50 million annually, followed by 15,000 tonnes mango of $10.3m, mango pulp of $30,000 and 1,500 tonnes guava worth $1.125m,” the statement added.

The PVFA chairman said Pakistani mangoes and kinno were very popular in Iran. “Pakistan should boost trade with Iran otherwise India would cash on this opportunity. Other regional countries have also expedited their efforts to foster better trade with Iran,” he added.

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