Agricultural is one of the most important sectors of the Iranian economy,
accounting about 11%of GDP, 23%of the employed population and 15%of the foreign
exchange revenues (form nonoil exports). Agricultural and animal husbandry
products have always provided the major non-oil export items such as pistachios,
raisins and even carpets (the wool or silk used in them).
About %20 of the land Iran is arable .the main food-producing areas are in the
Caspian region and in valleys of the northwest. Some northern and western areas
support rain-fed agriculture, while other areas require irrigation for
successful crop production.
Agri-food & Packaging
• Iran is one of the most populous countries in the region, and so there was a
real long-term strategic intent from the side of international companies to make
an entry into this market
• A total of 12,198 entities are engaged in the Iranian food industry, or 12% of
all entities in the industry sector. The sector also employs approximately
328,000 people or 16.1% of the entire industry sector’s workforce, according to
the Iranian Food Industry Organization.
• Investments now total $7.7 billion, or 18% of total investment in the industry
sector. Sector exports range around $1 billion per year, and the main export
items are confectionary, dairy products, tomato paste, fruit juice and
concentrate, mineral water, and pasta.
• The main export regions include the Middle East, Central Asia and other CIS
nations, Europe, and South America. The country is also increasingly importing
food technology, including processing and packaging equipment.
• The beverages sector is growing quickly in Iran as part of an expanding FMCG
scene. As local consumption increases, players in the sector look to gain market
share while improving supply and quality.
1- The income derived from all agriculture and horticulture
activities, fish farming, bee-keeping, hunting and fishing, sericulture, revival
of pastures and forests, is exempt from payment of tax. All the natural and
juridical persons (Iranian and Foreign) can enjoy above mentioned exemption at
the outset their activities.
2- %100 of the income derived exportation of industrial
finished goods and products of agricultural sector(including forming
,horticulture husbandry, poultry ,fishery, forest and pasture products) and its
conversional-signal and complementary industries and also %50 of the income
earned from exportation of other goods that are exported for achieving the
objectives of the exportation of non-oil goods, shall be exempt from tax. A List
of goods subject to this article, in the course the of each development plan
based on proposal of the ministries of economic affairs and finance, commerce,
jihad-e-agricultural and industries and mines, shall be approved by the council
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