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Lifting of Ban by EU on Import of Mango from India

New Delhi: The European Commission has notified lifting of the ban on mango through Commission Implementing Decision no. 2015/237 of 12th February, 2015. Indian export of mango to the EU during 2012 and 2013 were valued at US$ 6.73 million and 10.09 million respectively. Ban on import of vegetables from India has not been lifted by EU. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been developed by the Government for pest free export of fresh vegetables to EU wherein the vegetables are processed in pack houses approved by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the supervision of Plant Quarantine before export to EU. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. Export of Tea The decline in exports during January-November, 2014 is attributable, inter alia, to loss of Assam Orthodox tea production to the tune of almost 20 million kg. During May-July, 2014 caused by delayed rains, lower demand in the high-value markets such as USA, Iran and Russia, lower prices of teas from Africa at USD 2 per kg. in the international market, and decrease in demand from Bangladesh due to re-imposition of tariff with effect from April, 2014. Notably, India ranks second in world production of tea and fourth in the world market as tea exporting country. Kenya and Sri Lanka have emerged as important exporters of tea in the international market. Africa, particularly Kenya has had record output for consecutive two years as a result of which the prices of African tea have declined by almost USD 1 per kg. and the teas from Africa are being sold at an average price of USD 2 per kg. in the international market. Sri Lanka has also gained markets by providing attractive credit terms to its buyers. Kenya, producer of Crush, Tear and Curl (CTC) tea and Sri Lanka, producer mainly of Orthodox Tea have low domestic demand of tea and are largely dependent on tea exports whereas the domestic demand of tea in India is continuously increasing. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. Measures to Increase Foreign Trade Exports are supported through schemes of Foreign Trade Policy as well as various promotional schemes of concerned Ministries/Departments. The schemes of Foreign Trade Policy are Focus Market Scheme, Market Linked Focus Product Scheme, Focus Product Scheme and Duty Drawback Scheme.  Exporters can also avail duty free import of capital Goods under EPCG Scheme and raw materials under Advance Authorisation Scheme. The Government of India continuously monitors the export performance of different sectors and takes need based measures from time to time, keeping in view the financial and overall economic implications. During 2012-13, exports declined by 1.82% in comparison to 2011-12, whereas in 2013-14 exports increased by 4.66%. During the current year 2014-15 (Apr-Jan) exports have witnessed a growth of 2.44% over the corresponding period of last year.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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