Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cap on poppy seed import from Turkey, China

Importers to be allowed to bring in only 180 tonnes at a time
The Centre will permit imports of only 50 per cent of Turkey’s poppyseed production every year and fix a ceiling on consignments from China and the Czech Republic. Also, the Government will allow an importer to bring in only 180 tonnes or 10 container loads of poppyseeds at a time from Turkey.
These guidelines have been issued by the Department of Revenue on July 8 following an Allahabad High Court judgement on November 29, 2013 asking the Narcotics Commissioner to fix a ceiling on imports and register shipment contracts.