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EXPORT ORDER IS SUBJECT TO IMPORT OF AN EQUAL QUANTITY, CLARIFIES DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION

INVC,, The Department of Food and Public Distribution in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India has clarified that reports published in a section of newspapers about government’s permission to export 10,000 tonne sugar to the European Union (EU) at a time when there is shortage of sugar in the country and sugar prices have been on rise are without proper context and correct perspective. It is clarified that the Central Government has been allocating the preferential EU sugar quota to Indian Sugar Exim Corporation Ltd., since 1997. Even when ban on export of sugar was imposed in June, 2006, the export of preferential quota to EU countries was allowed. The EU, through the Commission of the European Communities regulation No.EC(891/2009 dated 25th September, 2009 under the caption “Opening and providing for the administration of certain community tariff quota in the sugar sector” allocated duty free 10,000 metric tonne sugar to India. In this context, it may be pointed out that the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry informed the Department of Food and Public Distribution that EU is a vast market with high degree of potential for export of Indian agricultural products. Earlier when sugar was in surplus, India has been requesting for opening the market and not restrict by quota or increase quota for India. Department of Commerce recommended that by not discharging / availing this quota India may lead EC to reduce quantities of import quota from India which may not be in country’s interest. After considering all pros and cons of allocating 10,000 metric tonne sugar to Indian Sugar Exim Corporation, the Department of Food and Public Distribution agreed with the recommendation of the Department of Commerce and allowed export of 10,000 metric tonne sugar to EU countries through Indian Sugar Exim Corporation subject to the condition that the said Corporation import equivalent quantity of sugar in this season. Export of sugar under Open General License (OGL) is subject to release order mechanism of the Government since 1st January, 2009. Release order will be issued to M/s Indian Sugar Exim Corporation only after receipt of requisite documents from the Corporation relating to import of 10,000 metric tons of sugar as per said condition. s2010021827395INVC

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