Iran’s Prawn Aquaculture Exports Growing


Iran exported over 27,900 tons of prawns worth US$99.7 million, during the first 11 months of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2022 through February 19, 2023), according to the Iran Fisheries Organization.

According to the report, Iran’s prawn exports increased by 49.6% in value, while decreasing slightly 0.49% in volume compared to the same period last Iranian year. Regional demand for the delicacy is growing and Iran’s increasing connectivity and trade corridors with Russia and China are both helping fuel demand.

Iranian prawns were exported to 19 countries, mainly Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Türkiye, with 14,300 tons of prawn worth US$48.1 million – nearly half the total Iranian catch – being exported to Russia as it changes its supply chains in the wake of Western sanctions.

Generally, Iran’s total non-oil exports for the first 11 months of the current Iranian year increased by 12.2% in value.

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