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

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.

Resources

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

Austrade has additional information about the India market.

Background

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.