India Allows Onion Export Despite Ban


New Delhi : The central government said it has given permission to send 99,150 tonnes of onions to six countries despite the ban on exports. The Center has also allowed export of 2,000 tonnes of specially grown white onions for the export markets of West Asia and some European countries.

The government had banned the export of onion on December 8, 2023. The government has allowed export of 99,150 tonnes of onions to six countries – Bangladesh, UAE, Bhutan, Bahrain, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said in an official statement.

The export restriction has been imposed to ensure adequate domestic availability as Kharif and Rabi production in 2023-24 is estimated to be lower compared to last year. National Cooperative Export Limited (NCEL), the agency that exports onions to these countries, has procured domestic onions for export through the e-platform.

Recently India had lifted the ban on export of specified quantities of certain commodities like eggs, potatoes, onions, rice, wheat flour, sugar and pulses to Maldives during the current financial year. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) had said in a notification that permission has been granted to export these items to Maldives under the bilateral trade agreement between the two countries during the financial year 2024-25. Maldives were allowed to export eggs, potatoes, onions, rice, wheat flour, sugar, pulses, gravel and river sand.


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