Procedure for quota allocation and Export of Wheat, Wheat Flour and Maida/Semolina on Humanitarian and Food Security Grounds
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has recently issued a trade notice marking the revised export policy for Wheat, Wheat Flour and Maida/Semolina.
On May 13, 2022, the Government of India Changed the export policy of Wheat, Wheat Flour and Maida/Semolina from “Free” to “Prohibited” through No.06/2015-2020. However, on 28th July 2023 through notification No 17/2023, export of Wheat, Wheat Flour and Maida/Semolina was allowed on humanitarian and food security grounds based on requests received from certain countries.
With regards to the same, the requests received from the Government of Bhutan has been approved and the applications for export of Wheat, Wheat Flour and Maida/Semolina to Bhutan is invited. To ensure objectivity and transparency, the allocation process has been defined in the trade notice as below:
- The mode of allocation:
Application Submission: Exporters need to submit their applications through an online portal.
Minimum Threshold: Allocation will be made with a minimum threshold of 100 MT by land transport to neighbouring countries. Exporters must apply for a quantity greater than the minimum threshold to be considered.
Pro-rata Allocation: Quota allocation will be based on the pro-rata average export of Wheat, Wheat Flour and Maida/Semolina to the respective countries during the three years preceding the fiscal year in which broken rice was prohibited or the quantity applied for, whichever is lower, subject to the minimum threshold.
Reallocation: Any unutilized quantity will be reallocated on a pro-rata basis to eligible exporters.
- Application Process for Export Authorization:
Exporters who have been allocated the quota of Wheat, Wheat Flour and Maida/Semolina need to follow the outlined procedure for export authorization:
Online Application: Exporters must apply online through DGFT’s ECOM system for Export Authorizations Non-SCOMET Restricted Items. Hard copies of the application should not be sent via mail or post.
Validity: The validity of the Export Authorization will extend until March 31, 2024.
Application Period: Only online applications filed between July 28, 2023, and August 7, 2023, will be considered.
Required Documents: Exporters must submit export data for the three years preceding the fiscal year in which Wheat, Wheat Flour and Maida/Semolina was prohibited along with their application.
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