News ID: 316997
Published: 0334 GMT October 11, 2021

Iran’s rice imports up by 33% in volume in six months: IRICA

Iran’s rice imports up by 33% in volume in six months: IRICA

The Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) figures showed that rice imports into the country rose by nearly a third in terms of volume in the six months to September 22, amid attempts by the government to control rising prices of the domestically grown rice.

IRICA spokesman Rouhollah Latifi said rice shipments arriving in the country in the first half of the current calendar year had risen by 33% compared to the same period last year to reach a total of 714,773 tons, Press TV reported.

Rice imports also increased by 24% in terms of value, year-on-year, during March-September, to reach over $607 million, said Latifi.

The increase comes despite a seasonal ban imposed on rice imports into Iran from July to November.

Prices of homegrown rice have been on the rise in Iran in recent weeks, prompting calls on the government to lift the four-month ban to help boost the supplies.

The price of high-quality rice grown in northern Iran has reached 570,000 rials ($2.07) for each kilogram of some top varieties.

That comes as rice imported from India, Pakistan and Thailand have much lower prices despite tariffs imposed on shipments and problems facing importers to settle payments with foreign suppliers.



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