Iranian customs office (IRICA) figures show pistachio exports from the country declined by nearly a third in the calendar year to March 20.
IRICA spokesman Rouhollah Latifi said on Tuesday that annual pistachio exports from Iran reached a total of $915 million in late March.
Shipments declined 33% in volume terms to stand at over 135,000 metric tons over the past calendar year, said Latifi, adding that Iranian pistachio had reached o 75 countries around the world.
He added that sales of green unshelled pistachio had accounted for a bulk of Iranian exports over the year to March as shipments reached nearly $700 million in value terms.
IRICA figures showed that China, India and Russia were the largest buyers of Iranian green pistachio over the period.
That comes as annual exports of dry unshelled pistachio from Iran totaled nearly $216 million in March, said Latifi, adding the country had sold more than 19,000 tons of the variety to customers in Germany, India, the United Arab Emirates and a handful of other countries.
By PRESS TV