Head of Iran’s National Association of Agricultural Products Reza Nourani said in interview with Tasnim that although new efforts to boost the Iran-Russia trade volume, infrastructures are needed for the plans to come true.
"Russia and the neighbor countries comprise a market of 300 million end users for Iran’s livestock and agriculture products, where Iran can provide for the Russian’s need from its surplus national product,” he said.
He stated that lack of a common bank in the two countries that would facilitate fund transfer is one of the problems afflicting trade between the two countries.
"And there is a shortage of freezer containers where we need 2 to 3 thousand containers,” he added.
Nourani stated "Improving infrastructure will lead to shorter time and cost of transportation. Export has to be done with justifiable price for both counties.”
"Russians work deliberately and with well-defined objectives,” he said. "The problem that they mention is lack of organized freight airlines from Iran there. Problems have to be inspected carefully and we must try to raise problems so that trade volume is increased.”
Russia needs vegetables, summer crops, chicken, meet, and eggs. Statistics say that Iran produces 20 thousand tons of egg surplus of its domestic need. It is estimated that in case possible, 3 to 5 thousand tons of it will be exported to Russia.
He maintained that currently, Iran exports 45 thousand tons of chicken to Russia, adding that the amount can be increased to 200 thousand.