Member of Iran’s National Saffron Council in interview with ISNA said "Last year 126.6 tons of saffron were exported to 45 countries. This export volume of saffron in the first two months of this year reached 20 tons, approximately half of which is first exported to countries such as Spain and the United Arab Emirates and then from there to the end user countries under these two countries’ names.”
"In the first two months of this year around one ton of the saffron was exported in packages lighter than 10 grams, 11 tons in packages 10 to 30 grams, and around 8 tons in packages heavier than 30 grams which shows that aside from the 10-gram packages, the rest of the saffron is capable of being re-packaged,” Ali Hosseini said.
He maintained that Iran’s export saffron value is about $500 million "Which last year made the country around $200 foreign currency. But we can make it hit $1 billion by 2016 if the government shows support and if we can tap into the existing potentials.”
Hosseini further stated "We cannot claim to be providing the world with 95 percent of the saffron it consumes. But we will have to be able to package and export the product according to our own taste. So there must be some measures to create the culture and to do some saffron marketing in order to make the world better acquainted with the Iranian brands of saffron.”