DGFT Withdraws Circulars for Testing of Samples of Basmati Rice for Variety Identification

[Ref: Policy Circular No. 11 (RE-2012)/ 2009-14 Dated 3 January, 2013]

Subject: Withdrawal of provision for drawing of export samples of basmati rice for variety identification purposes.

Policy Circular No. 33 (RE-2008) 2004-09 dated 30th September, 2008 prescribed drawing of samples from the consignment of basmati rice and PUSA 1121 rice by the Customs and analysis of the samples by AGMARK testing centres for variety identification purpose. Through Policy Circular No. 28/2009-14 dated 31.03.2010 Basmati Export Development Foundation (BEDF), Modipuram was also designated as authorized centre for testing of samples of basmati rice for variety identification.

2.  Since, export of non-basmati rice has been made free with effect from 09.09.2011 it has been decided to withdraw with immediate effect both the policy circulars mentioned in Para 1 above namely Policy Circular No. 33 (RE-2008) 2004-09 dated 30.09. 2008 and Policy Circular No. 28/2009-14 dated 31.03.2010 .

3.  This issues with the approval of Director General of Foreign Trade.