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Government of India
Ministry of Commerce & Industry 

02-January-2019 14:56 IST

Exempting Pulses from Import 

The Government has restricted import of pulses like tur, moong and urad since August, 2017 with annual Quota Restriction of 5 lakh MT (2 lak MT for tur, 1.5 lakh MT each for urad and moong) in order to stabilise the prices and protect the interest of the farmers.

All varieties of pulses, including organic pulses, have been made ‘Free’ for export without any quantitative ceiling. The export has been allowed through Customs EDI ports. However, export through the non-EDI Land Custom Stations (LCS) on Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-Nepal border has also been allowed subject to registration of quantity with DGFT. Under the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) of the Foreign Trade Policy 2015-2020, Bengal Gram with HS Code 07132020 was provided rewards at the rate of 7% for exports made between 20.03.2018 to 20.09.2018

The values of India’s imports of agricultural commodities including pulses, vegetable oils, wheat and apple for last four years and current year alongwith the percentage change for the current year are given below:

(Value in USD million)

S. N. Comm-odities 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2017-18 (Apr-Oct) 2018-19 (Apr-Oct)* % Change
1 Vegetable Oils 10621.48 10492.08 10892.75 11637.48 7234.08 6080.12 -15.95
2 Cashew 1087.16 1339.34 1346.58 1418.63 1030.18 1338.50 29.93
3 Fresh Fruits 1565.20 1694.84 1682.88 1942.92 1075.44 1150.99 7.02
4 Spices 717.78 823.79 858.95 990.70 554.77 622.02 12.12
5 Pulses 2786.11 3902.22 4244.13 2908.33 2085.64 558.12 -73.24
6 Sugar 601.17 612.24 1021.81 936.52 631.16 344.85 -45.36
7 Apple 230.80 216.11 300.96 252.26 183.88 243.98 32.69
8 Coffee 152.20 122.59 138.20 154.73 93.95 91.64 -2.46
9 Fruits / Vegetable Seeds 100.48 107.57 97.42 119.19 82.33 84.48 2.62
10 Other Oil Seeds 26.59 32.99 58.55 56.47 29.79 72.31 142.73
11 Tea 63.57 58.04 50.45 55.39 34.72 26.42 -23.89
12 Other Cereals 10.03 51.84 73.30 67.27 50.65 25.85 -48.97
13 Sesame Seeds 62.67 27.59 65.88 27.40 15.99 25.15 57.22
14 Niger Seeds 0.60 6.76 12.38 4.49 2.87 2.38 -17.09
15 Rice (Other Than Basmati) 1.77 0.91 1.08 1.89 0.98 1.63 66.15
16 Fresh Vegetables 1.82 59.78 1.66 3.98 3.00 1.53 -48.87
17 Wheat 9.95 135.45 1268.64 364.50 255.04 0.72 -99.72
18 Groun-dnut 0.08 0.05 0.21 2.02 1.61 0.59 -63.35
19 Castor Oil 0.30 0.17 0.22 0.40 0.17 0.48 183.22
20 Mollases 4.93 1.16 1.35 10.76 9.58 0.15 -98.42
Total Import of above 18044.69 19685.52 22117.38 20955.34 13375.81 10671.90 -20.21

Source: DGCIS (*: Provisional)

This information was given by the Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, C. R. Chaudhary, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source- PIB

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