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After ban on wheat, India curbs exports of flour, other derivatives

By Shgun S -- July 07, 2022 12:35 pm -- Updated:July 07, 2022 12:40 pm

New Delhi, July 7: Following a ban on wheat grain exports, the Centre has now imposed restrictions on wheat flour (atta) exports as well as other related products such as maida, semolina (rava / sirgi), wholemeal atta, and the resultant atta.

The decision will take effect on July 12, according to a notification from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). As per the DGFT notification released on July 6, all exporters must obtain prior permission from the inter-ministerial committee on wheat export before embarking on any outbound shipment.

According to the DGFT, global supply disruptions in wheat and wheat flour have created many new players and have led to price fluctuations and potential quality-related issues. The notification further said it is imperative to maintain the quality of wheat flour exports from India.

Although there is no outright ban on the export of wheat flour, exporters must receive approval from an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Wheat Export.

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Furthermore, prior to implementation of this revised policy, certain consignments of wheat flour will be permitted to be exported, including situations in which the loading of wheat flour on the ship has begun before this notification, and where the wheat flour consignment has been handed over to Customs and is registered in their system.

In May 2022, the Centre amended the wheat export policy by categorising it as "prohibited."

The government then clarified that the move was made to manage the country's overall food security as well as to meet the demands of neighbouring and other vulnerable countries.

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-PTC News

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