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India: QR on Pea Imports Extended Until September 30
July 10, 2018
On July 2, 2018, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a notification extending the quantitative restrictions (QRs) on imports of peas by another three months until September 30, 2018.
India: GOI Notifies Changes in Tariff Structure on Agricultural Imports
June 27, 2018
India issued multiple amendments for regulations related to food imports, food additives, standards, contaminants, toxins, labeling, and packaging in calendar year (CY) 2016.
Kazakhstan: Agriculture Minister Unveils New National Program for Livestock
June 18, 2018
The Kazakhstan Ministry of Agriculture has moved forward with a new National Program to develop the country’s livestock and meat sectors.
India: Government of India Increases Tariff on Certain Agricultural Imports
June 12, 2018
On May 23, the GOI’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) published notification numbers 45/2018 and 46/2018 regarding increases in the Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on several imported agricultural products....
India: Grain and Feed Voluntary – June 2018
June 12, 2018
On May 16, 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) raised the third advance estimate for grains production for the Indian Crop Year 2017/18 (July-June) to a record 279.5 million metric tons (MMT).
India: India Clarifies on QRs for Pea Imports
May 22, 2018
On May 16, 2018, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a clarification on its April 25, 2018, notification regarding the quantitative restrictions (QRs) on imports of peas....
India: India Restricts Imports of Yellow Peas
May 2, 2018
On April 25, 2018, the Government of India (GOI) revised the import policy for yellow peas from ‘free’ to ‘restricted’ category for a period of three month from April 1 to June 30, 2018....
India: Final Standards for Alcoholic Beverages Published in Indian Gazette
April 19, 2018
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published the final notification on its Alcoholic Beverage Standards in the Official Gazette of India on April 5, 2018.
India: Government of India Allows Imports of Apples from all Ports
April 10, 2018
On March 27, 2018, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DGFT) published a notification removing port restrictions for imports of fresh apples....
Pakistan: Pakistan Subsidizes Wheat Exports
March 20, 2018
The Government of Pakistan has authorized an export subsidy of up to $159 per metric ton to facilitate exports of up to 2 million metric tons of wheat.
India: GOI Budget 2018-19 – Agricultural Highlights
March 6, 2018
On February 1, 2018, the Indian Minister of Finance presented the Union Budget for fiscal year 2018/19 (April/March) that focused on strengthening the agricultural and rural economy....
Pakistan: Sugar Update 2018
January 29, 2018
In response to large carry-over stocks at the onset of the current harvest, the Government of Pakistan has increased the volume of sugar eligible for an export subsidy from 500,000 metric tons....
India: Import Tariff Rate Increases for Lentils and Chickpeas
December 27, 2017
The Ministry of Finance office of the Central Board of Excise and Customs announced a 30 percent tariff on the importation of chickpeas (Chana/Garbanzos/Vigna spp. and Phaseolus spp.)....
India: Draft Amendments to the 2003 Plant Quarantine Order
December 18, 2017
The Government of India (GOI) published draft amendments to the 2003 Plant Quarantine Order that could affect the import of certain plants and plant materials; including, North American softwoods....
India: Seed Cotton Bonus Payment for Gujarat Growers
November 23, 2017
On October 23, 2017, the State of Gujarat announced a bonus of about 3.5 cents per pound (Rs. 500 per 100 kg) be paid to farmers for seed cotton.
India: WTO Notified Plant Quarantine Ninth Amendment 2017
July 27, 2017
The Government of India (GOI) notified Draft Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into India) (Ninth Amendment) Order, 2017 to the WTO for comments on July 12....
India: Amendments to the Food Additives List Invites WTO Member Comments
May 12, 2017
India has invited World Trade Organization (WTO) member states to provide comments on its recently published notification amending the additive list in Appendix A....
India: GOI Notifies SOP for Traceability of Imported Bovine Germplasm
January 17, 2017
The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF) notified the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for traceability of imported bovine germplasm including semen, embryos and bulls.
Pakistan: Pakistan Drafts Geographical Indication Protection Bill
December 16, 2016
The report contains the text of Pakistan’s proposed Geographical Indication Protection Bill. The Bill is still a draft and will have to pass through various phases of approval before submission...
India: 2016 Amendment to the Legal Metrology Rules
October 10, 2016
On September 7, 2016, the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution’s Department of Legal Metrology amended the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011.
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