Imported apples to get an easier ride into India

India’s foreign trade agency has lifted restrictions on imports of apples, allowing traders to bring them in through more points of landing.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) amended its eaerlier notification detailing port wise restriction on apples and said they can now be imported through seaports and airports in Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Kochi; and the airport in Delhi.

The decision is likely to improve availability of the fruit and reduce prices.

The DGFT had in September restricted the imports only through the Nhava Sheva port in Maharastra in its effort to protect the interest of domestic producers

India is the world’s largest third producer of apples and it imports the fruit from the United States, China, Chile, Fiji, Iran and New Zealand. Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) data out apple imports stood at 1.97 lakh tonnes valued at ₹1,388.72 crore in 2014-15 fiscal against 1.75 lakh tonnes valued at ₹1,176.03 crore in fiscal 2013-14.

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