India Lifts Ban on Non-Basmati Rice Exports to Bhutan, Mauritius, and Singapore

In a significant development, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department of Commerce, Government of India, has granted approval for the export of non-basmati white rice to Bhutan, Mauritius, and Singapore. This decision comes after the export of non-basmati white rice was temporarily prohibited on July 20, 2023, to bolster domestic supply.

The export authorization, amounting to a total of 1,43,000 metric tons (MTs) of non-basmati white rice, is aimed at meeting the food security needs of these countries and fostering stronger trade relationships. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) issued a notification confirming this development, highlighting that the National Cooperative Exports Limited (NCEL) will facilitate the export process.

Key Details of the Export Authorization:

  1. Bhutan: India has been permitted to export 79,000 MTs of non-basmati white rice to Bhutan.
  2. Mauritius: The authorization allows for the export of 14,000 MTs of non-basmati white rice to Mauritius.
  3. Singapore: India can export 50,000 MTs of non-basmati white rice to Singapore.

This move carries several significant benefits:

  1. Strengthening Trade Ties: It is expected to enhance trade relationships between India and the three recipient countries, Bhutan, Mauritius, and Singapore.
  2. Economic Boost: The approval for non-basmati white rice exports will contribute to the promotion of agricultural exports, thereby giving a boost to India’s economy.
  3. Market Demand: Non-basmati white rice is a sought-after commodity in the markets of Bhutan, Mauritius, and Singapore. The increased export opportunities are likely to benefit Indian rice producers and exporters.

The Ministry encourages all interested stakeholders to engage with the National Cooperative Exports Limited (NCEL) for further details and to ensure the smooth execution of export operations. This development aligns with the government’s strategy to balance domestic supply and meet the food security needs of neighboring countries while continuing to promote India’s agricultural exports.

For additional information or inquiries, interested parties can contact the Directorate General of Foreign Trade at [email protected].

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