NO THIRD COUNTRY IMPORTS OF PEPPER UNDER
Date : 20 Dec 2004
Location : New Delhi
No third country import under India-Thailand Early Harvest Scheme has been reported. Representations have been received from the industry alleging third country imports of pepper under India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement. Representations have also been received on import of some other items like copper, tiles on which value addition norms are not being met by Sri Lanka, Shri E.V.K.S. Elangovan, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.
During the 3rd Commerce Secretary level talks between India and Sri Lanka, held in August 2004, the Indian side expressed its concern over such incidents. Both sides agreed to establish a monitoring mechanism to prevent circumvention of the Rules of Origin. The imports of pepper are also being monitored by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade as one of the sensitive items, he said.