Iran’s Tomato Paste Exports

Iran’s Tomato Paste Exports

The second largest producer of tomato paste in the region

Tomato paste is one of the most important and valuable products that is produced by processing tomatoes and applying changes to it. Tomato paste is considered as one of the most widely used food condiments. Its production in the country, in addition to meeting domestic needs, has been able to experience the export of tomato paste in international markets. Iran is considered to be the second largest producer of tomato paste in the region, and more interestingly, the quality of Iranian tomato paste is much higher than Turkish products.

Iran’s tomato and tomato paste production


According to the United Nations Agricultural Organization (FAO), Iran’s tomato production in 2016 was equivalent to 6.4 million tons, which ranked Iran seventh in the world in terms of tomato production. Of the approximately 6.5 million tons of tomatoes produced on average in Iran, approximately 800,000 tons are produced in tomato paste, of which about 17% is in excess of the country’s consumption and is exported to other countries.

Target countries for the export of Iranian tomato paste


As mentioned earlier, Iran is ranked seventh in terms of tomato paste production and sixth in terms of tomato paste exports. Neighboring countries, especially Iraq and Afghanistan, are the largest importers of tomato paste from Iran due to their cultural and taste affinity with Iran. The countries targeted for the export of Iranian tomato paste, ie the countries to which the most Iranian tomato paste is exported, include 7 countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, UAE, Syria, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. The statistics related to the export of Iranian tomato paste to three countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Russia are as follows:

Tomato paste exports to Iraq: about $ 105 million

Tomato paste exports to Afghanistan: About $ 57 million

Tomato paste exports to Russia: about $ 14 million

Aseptic tomato paste


Aseptic tomato paste is for export and is not produced for domestic consumption. This type of tomato paste is produced under vacuum and stored in special bags that last up to two or three years and are produced only for export. In general, importers do not usually buy non-aseptic tomato paste.

Tips on exporting aseptic tomato paste

A very important point that all exporters of tomato paste should pay special attention to is the Brix index of tomato paste for the target country. The higher the Brix index in tomato paste, the thicker the resulting tomato paste, and the higher the amount of tomato paste needed to make it, for example, to make one ton of tomato paste with Brix 20 approximately four tons of tomatoes are needed, while preparing the same amount of tomato paste with Brix 38 will require approximately seven tons of tomatoes. Therefore, paying attention to the standard brix of tomato paste in the country importing tomato paste is the most important point that exporters should pay attention to, for example, the standard of exporting tomato paste in three countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, and Russia:

The approved standard BRICS for exporting tomato paste to Afghanistan is 10.

The approved standard BRICS for exporting tomato paste to Iraq between 18 and 20.

The approved standard BRICS for exporting tomato paste to Russia between 32 and 38.

The HS code of tomato paste is 20029010.

Where to buy premium aseptic tomato paste


The main supply and export of tomato paste is done by Kian Karaman Aria Trading Company with a brilliant history in foreign trade. Kian Karaman Aria Company is one of the largest suppliers of goods in the field of trade of domestic and foreign grains and pulses, dried fruits and nuts, dairy products, spices, and saffron. One of the most important goals of the management of this complex is the direct supply of tomato paste according to the World Health Standard and the Food and Drug Administration with the qualities desired by consumers and offering competitive prices to esteemed customers.



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