India lifts ban on agricultural products imported from Vietnam

09:05 | 23/03/2017 Trade

India officially removed the suspension of several agricultural products imported from Vietnam from March 22 including coffee, black pepper, cassava, cinnamon and dragon fruit, according to Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade.

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Earlier on March 15, Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade sent a diplomatic note to India requesting the country to follow international practices and lift its suspension on the import of some Vietnamese products.

The suspension of imported agricultural products from Vietnam was announced in early March and became effective on March 7.

After the ban, Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade held a meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to seek measures to settle the issue while being careful not to affect the relations between the two countries.

Relevant agencies of the two countries also actively worked with each other to review the bans on agricultural goods imported from both Vietnam and India. As a result, Vietnam will also adjust its decision issued on March 1 on the suspension of agricultural products imported from India including peanuts, cassia seeds, cocoa seeds, beans and tamarind due to the high risk of Caryedon serratus Olivier beetle infection.

Vietnam will return imported batches of goods that have been infected and permit the import of those not infected.

Theo NDO