TEHRAN, January 12. /TASS/. Iran has supplied its first consignment of shrimps to Russia, comprising 30 tons of these delicacies, the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA reported on Monday.
“We can export 5,000 tons of shrimps and 20,000 tons of trout if Iranian and Russian traders can reach an agreement,” ISNA quoted Seyed Hassan Salehi, head of Iran’s Fisheries Organization, as saying.
Tehran and Moscow had already coordinated issues of Iranian products’ compliance with Russian quality requirements, Salehi said, adding that the Russian market seemed attractive to Iranian seafood suppliers.
According to local media reports, besides shrimps, Iran was going to export black caviar and premium species of fish.
Head of the Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce Asadollah Asgaroladi announced on Saturday that Tehran had started fishery exports to Russia.
Over the past few years, Iran and Russia have cooperated in various fields, sharing similar views on most regional and global issues. Russia’s ban on many Western food imports has opened up new opportunities for economic cooperation between the states. Tehran has expressed its readiness to replace some of agricultural products Moscow has banned from entry in response to Western sanctions over Ukraine.
Last August, Iran and Russia signed an economic memorandum of understanding designed to strengthen trade and industrial ties between the two countries. Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanayee announced in December that Tehran and Moscow had the potential to boost their trade turnover to $70 billion in the near future.
Russia banned imports of meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28-nation European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway for one year at the start of August, retaliating for sanctions imposed by those nations over events in Ukraine.
Since then, Russia has been in talks with Latin and South American countries, the Middle East and Asia to replace prohibited produce.