Commerce ministry imposes quantitative cap on imports of certain pulses18-Apr-2019 15:07 Hrs IST
In view of the bumper output, the commerce ministry has imposed quantitative cap on the imports by laying a procedure for import of a few varieties of pulses for the current fiscal. It has also invited applications from millers. According to the ministry's foreign trade arm directorate general of foreign trade (DGFT), millers and refiners of these pulses need licence for imports.DGFT said procedure for import of 2 lakh tonne pigeon peas/toor dal, 1.5 lakh tonne urad dal, 1.5 lakh tonne moong dal and 1.5 lakh tonne peas (including yellow peas, green peas, dun peas, and kaspa peas) is laid down. As per the procedure, for each refining/processing unit, applicants will have to provide self-certified copy of a document indicating its refining/ processing capacity. This document should be issued by a central, state or district authority.It further said the absence of the document will render the application liable for rejection. It added that the licence holders shall submit monthly statements indicating the actual arrival of shipments at the Indian ports. Besides, the country has been importing 4-6 MT (million tonne) pulses every year to meet the domestic demand of about 24 MT.