23 May 2016
Iranian Fairtrade Saffron
We've just been informed that our gorgeous Fairtrade saffron has been removed from Amazon's listings.
Iranian saffron is in breach of US sanctions against Iran, so cannot be sold in the UK. Despite the nuclear deal signed in 2015, US companies still cannot trade with Iran on many products, so Amazon gets caught under that. They've, also, removed an Iranian spice blend - sabzi ghormeh - that we make here in Yorkshire for sanction busting. It's a pity because both are good products. I am sure that soon the position will be improved.
Needless to say, you can still buy it direct from Steenbergs and support the rural poor in Torbat, Iran. In March, we posted some good photos of saffron picking in Iran.
From a UK perspective, the official UK Government's position is that "There is a positive outlook for UK-Iran trade relations and the UK Government fully supports expanding our trade relationship with Iran."