Insight - India suspends quantitative restrictions on mungbeans, pigeon peas and urad (vigna mungo)

23 September 2021

Update: On 14 September 2021, the Indian Government extended the temporary removal of quantitative restrictions on imports of pigeon peas and urad (vigna mungo) until 31 December 2021. The removal of restrictions on mung bean imports has not been extended and remains scheduled to end on 31 October 2021. 

India has temporarily removed quantitative restrictions on imports of mungbeans, pigeon peas and urad (vigna mungo) until 31 October 2021.

This is aimed at checking price rises associated with lower crop harvests impacted by unseasonal rain. While time limited, this regulatory change is a welcome development for Australia.

It is too early to tell whether further pulse import policy changes will be implemented to mitigate food prices in India.

In 2020, Australia exported $1.4 billion of pulses, 11% of which were exported to India.

What exporters should do

Producers and exporters should contact Indian importers or Austrade to explore potential opportunities in the Indian pulse market.


The Manual of Importing Country Requirements details the import requirements for exporting to India.

Austrade has additional information about the India market.


India imposes limits on the amount of some agricultural products, such as pulses, that can be imported over a given period. Imports of the product are prohibited once the limit has been reached.