India’s Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare has granted approval for waiving the four times inspection fee in lieu of Methyl Bromide (MeBr) fumigation for shipments of lentils imported from countries that have phased out the use of MeBr (including Canada). The waiver is to expire on March 31, 2022. Pulse Canada is working with Government of Canada’s Trade Commission service in India to confirm additional details including whether the expiry date refers to arrival of cargo or bill of lading. Additional updates will be provided as they are received.
India’s previous fumigation policy required five times inspection fees for pulse imports not fumigated with MeBr prior to arrival. This policy expired on October 31, 2021. Pulse Canada is working with the Government of Canada’s Trade Commission service in India to determine if this fumigation policy (5 times inspection fee in lieu of fumigation) will be renewed for all other pulse imports (lentils excluded).
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Pulse Canada is the national association of growers, traders and processors of Canadian pulses, also known as lentils, dry peas, beans and chickpeas. Pulses are an essential part of a healthy and sustainable diet. Pulses and pulse ingredients can help food manufacturers improve the nutritional and functional quality of food products.