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Import and Export White Poppy Seeds to meet domestic demand

Import and Export White Poppy Seeds to meet domestic demand

KS Diwan/ royalpatiala.in/ Chandigarh

Poppy seed is imported essentially to meet domestic demand. Further, import of poppy seed is subject to country restriction and can be imported only from 16 countries which are recognised as licit producers of poppy seeds. The importer shall have to produce an appropriate certificate from competent authority of the exporting country that poppy seeds have been grown legally in that country. Importers are required to compulsorily register their contracts with Central Bureau of Narcotics, Gwalior prior to import in accordance with guidelines issued by the Department of Revenue which may include fixing of country caps, imposing quantitative restriction, if any, per importer.

Licences are issued to cultivators of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan every year for licit cultivation of opium poppy in the designated tracts. For this purpose, General Conditions of Licensing are notified every year by the Government.

India’s Import and export of Poppy Seeds (HS Code: 12079100) quantity, value and country-wise for the last three financial years and the current year is at Annex-I and Annex-II respectively.

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Annex – I

Import data of poppy seeds

 

Country 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Quantity (TON) Value (Mill. US $) Quantity (TON) Value (Mill. US $) Quantity (TON) Value (Mill. US $)
CHINA P RP 2227.00 4.99 3619.00 7.93 3223.00 6.76
CZECH REPUBLIC     1339.10 4.00    
SPAIN     0.01 0.00002    
TURKEY 15840.00 39.09 3636.00 9.86 14958.00 39.58
Total 18067.00 44.07 8594.10 21.79 18181.00 46.34
Note 1: The import figure is reported as ‘NIL’ for 2019-20 (April, 2019)

 

 

 

 

Annex-II

Export Data of poppy seeds

Country 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 (30th April, 2019)
Quantity (TON) Value (Mill. US $) Quantity (TON) Value (Mill. US $) Quantity (TON) Value (Mill. US $) Quantity (TON) Value (Mill. US $)
U S A 52.26 0.6397 62.15 0.5881 41.32 0.4537 2.00 0.0215
CANADA 4.92 0.0402 9.75 0.0677 16.83 0.1099 1.01 0.0096
U K 3.98 0.0219 2.02 0.0142 6.66 0.0530 1.00 0.0047
AUSTRALIA 0.36 0.0041 6.81 0.0150 1.87 0.0156
NEPAL 0.10 0.0008 1.36 0.0092 1.85 0.0078 0.10 0.0007
SOUTH AFRICA 0.74 0.0071 0.52 0.0051 0.57 0.0050
HONG KONG 0.07 0.0006 0.13 0.0012 0.79 0.0045
NEW ZEALAND 0.53 0.0053 0.39 0.0036 1.82 0.0045 0.37 0.0032
SRI LANKA DSR 0.55 0.0042
YEMEN REPUBLC 0.75 0.0042
MYANMAR 0.40 0.0033
SEYCHELLES 0.33 0.0030 0.25 0.0029
KENYA 0.28 0.0023 0.82 0.0051 1.33 0.0026 0.04 0.0005
SWITZERLAND 0.34 0.0036 0.11 0.0007 0.19 0.0019
MALAYSIA 0.01 0.0001 0.12 0.0015 0.28 0.0018 0.05 0.0005
TANZANIA REP 0.10 0.0009 0.09 0.0016
ANGOLA 0.08 0.0011 0.10 0.0013
CONGO D. REP. 0.15 0.0010
FIJI IS 0.08 0.0002 0.10 0.0007
MALDIVES 0.51 0.0014 0.05 0.0005 0.15 0.0006 0.03 0.0003
NIGERIA 0.05 0.0003 0.03 0.0005 0.11 0.0002
CHILE 0.05 0.0004
UGANDA 0.05 0.0005 0.05 0.0004
JAPAN 0.28 0.0034 0.04 0.0003
CAMEROON 0.00 0.0000 0.04 0.0003
BOTSWANA 0.06 0.0003
ZAMBIA 0.18 0.0003
REUNION 0.05 0.0005 0.02 0.0002 0.02 0.0002
MALAWI 0.02 0.0002 0.02 0.0002
SWEDEN 0.01 0.0001
SINGAPORE 0.01 0.0001
CZECH REPUBLIC 0.00 0.0001
TOGO 0.01 0.0001
KYRGHYZSTAN 0.05 0.0004 0.01 0.0000
GHANA 0.00 0.0000
BHUTAN 0.00 0.0000
PAPUA N GNA 0.00 0.0000
BAHARAIN IS 0.04 0.0003
BENIN 0.01 0.0001
CAYMAN IS 0.03 0.0003
CHINA P RP 0.05 0.0005
FRANCE 0.13 0.0015
GABON 0.01 0.0001
GAMBIA 0.01 0.0000
LIBERIA 0.00 0.0000
MOZAMBIQUE 0.02 0.0002
NETHERLAND 0.35 0.0037
NETHERLANDANTIL 0.01 0.0002
POLAND 0.04 0.0003
SIERRA LEONE 0.01 0.0001
SPAIN 0.04 0.0004
ST LUCIA 0.01 0.0000
SURINAME 0.01 0.0000
U ARAB EMTS 0.00 0.0000
Total 64.78 0.7337 85.21 0.7217 76.57 0.6832 4.89 0.0434
Note: Figures pertaining to the financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20

are Provisional and subject to changes

 

This information was given by the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

 

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