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Centre allows export of 2,000 tonnes of onions via three ports

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NEW DELHI : In a surprise move, the Union government on Thursday partially relaxed the indefinite ban on onion exports again, paving the way for the “immediate” export of 2,000 tonnes of white onions, primarily grown in Gujarat, from three designated ports.

A notification issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said that exports of white onions would be permitted only after Gujarat’s Horticulture Commissioner certifies the item and quantity being exported. “Exports of up to an aggregate quantity not exceeding 2,000 MT (tonnes) of white onion has been allowed through the specified ports, taken together, with immediate effect,” it said.

The exports are allowed from Mundra Port, Pipavav Port and Nhava Sheva/JNPT Port.

Exports of onion — a politically sensitive commodity — are banned in general. However, the government allows specified quantities of shipments to friendly nations on their requests. DGFT is an arm of the commerce ministry, which deals with norms related to imports and exports. On December 8 last year, the government banned exports of onion with a view to increase domestic availability and to keep prices in check.

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