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Cotton Exports Through Wagah Border Altered

06 March 2013
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

INDIA - India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued a policy circular modifying procedures for cotton exports sent via the land route through the Wagah-Atari border to Pakistan for the 2012/13 marketing year.

According to the current export policy (see IN2159), exporters must export 50 per cent (15,000 170 kg bales/11,700 480 lb bales/2,550 metric tons) of a registration before they can register an additional 30,000 170 kg bales (23,400 480 lb bales/5,100 metric tons).

Once the exporters have registered the quantity of cotton to be exported, they are required to ship the declared quantity within 30 days.

According to the circular, Indian exporters are facing delays at the Wagah land customs port due to
congestion and are not able to deliver cotton within the specified time period.

In order to ease congestion at land border with Pakistan, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has provided Indian exporters the following options:

  • Indian exporters have the option to seek a onetime maximum 30 day extension based on the validity of the registration certificate (RC) to complete any outstanding commitments due to delays.
  • Exporters who have valid RCs to export to Pakistan can surrender any unutilized or partially utilized RC to the regional authorities within the validity period of the respective RC without incurring any penalties.

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