Official calls report on deal to import rice from Thailand incorrect - www.mehrnews.ir, June 26, 2006
There is no reason to import 800,000 tons of rice from Thailand to Iran and the reports suggesting such an agreement has been made are illogical, Deputy Commerce Minister Mohammad Sadeq Mofatteh said here on Monday.
The Bangkok Post's recent article in which this was reported is incorrect, Mofatteh stated.
The nation's total rice imports amount to only 650,000 tons per annum and over 350,000 tons have already entered the country since the Iranian New Year (March 21, 2006), he added.
Iran agrees to Thai rice price - Bangkok Post, June 26, 2006
Iran has agreed to buy 800,000 tonnes of 100% cent white rice from the Thai private sector this year.
Pranee Siripan, director of the Foreign Trade Departments Grain and Conformity Trade Bureau, did not provide details of the deal. Recently, Iran has been trying to drive a hard bargain with Thai sellers.
She said the rice price was not a problem as Iran is not facing financial difficulties.
Mrs Pranee said Iran has already imported 55-60 per cent of the total rice volume it agreed to purchase from Thailand in the first half of this year.
Mrs Pranee said Iranian importers have confidence in the quality of Thai rice and therefore have agreed to buy it more from Thai exporters despite the fact that the prices were higher than that produced by other countries, such as Vietnam. (via Thaisnews)
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