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IPGA Hails Govt's Decision to Extend Free Import Policy for Pulses

14 Sep 2021 3:29 pm
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NEW DELHI, Sept 14 (Commoditiescontrol) India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA) on Tuesday welcomed the government's move to extend free import policy for Tur, Moong and Urad up to 31st December 2021.

Bimal Kothari, Vice Chairman, India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA) said, “IPGA welcomes the Government’s decision of extending the import window for Tur, Urad and Moong under OGL till December 31st, 2021. The disruption in monsoon for about three weeks between June and July compounded by the excessive rainfall is expected to hamper the production of Tur, Urad and Moong this year which could result in severe shortage in domestic production. The Government of India, taking early cognisance of this, has taken a proactive step by extending the import window which will ensure adequate imports of these pulses to tide over the ongoing festive season till the time the new domestic crop arrives in the market. This will also help stabilize the prices during the festival season.

As per the latest notification, the “Free” Import policy for Tur, Urad and Moog is extended for the period up to 31st December 2021. Further, import consignments of these items with Bill of Lading issued on or before 31st December, 2021 shall not be allowed by Customs beyond 31st January 2022. Earlier the import policy of Free Imports was to expire on Oct. 31st (BL Date) with allowing arrivals till Nov. 30th.

"In a recent video conference with Hon’ble Commerce Secretary, Shri B V R Subrahmanayam, IPGA had also requested for an extension in the arrival deadline for pulses imports from Myanmar and East Africa by 60 and 90 days respectively. This was primarily because the disruption in global logistics has caused severe shortage of containers as well as vessels," he said.

"Tur is harvested in East Africa around August and shipments start in the month of September. However, due to non-availability of containers as well as vessels connecting to India from transit ports, these cargoes are taking far more than the normal sailing time. The trade was worried that the extended sailing time would result in cargoes reaching India post November 30th, 2021 which was the initial deadline. With the arrival deadline being extended till BL Date of December 31st and arrival before January 31st, 2022 gives importers ample time to procure and ship the pulses to India," he added.

(By Commoditiescontrol Bureau)

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