India defers certificate requirement for rice export to European countries to Jan 1, 2021

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New Delhi: India on Tuesday deferred the requirement of a certificate of inspection by export inspection agencies for exporting rice to European countries to January 1, 2021.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) amended the export policy and said that the export of Rice (Basmati and Non-Basmati) to EU member states and other European Countries namely Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland only will require Certificate of Inspection from Export Inspection Council (EIC) or Export Inspection Agency (EIA).

EIC is the official export certification body of India which ensures quality and safety of products exported from India.

“Export to remaining European countries (except Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) will require Certificate of Inspection by Export Inspection Council / Export Inspection Agency for export from January 1, 2021,” DGFT said in the notification.

It had, in January, said that a certificate of inspection by export inspection agencies will be mandatory for exports to remaining European countries with effect from July 1, 2020.

India’s rice export to Europe were $278.68 million in FY20, 13.7% lower than the $323.09 million in FY19.





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