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India seeks import duty relaxations for basmati rice in FTA with UK

UK levies a tariff per tonne of around £56 on brown rice, and £125 on white rice

Basmati Rice

Shreya NandiSanjeeb Mukherjee New Delhi

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India may be seeking a reduction in import duties on some basmati rice varieties from the UK as part of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations.
This is to ward off a growing challenge from its nearest competitor in basmati rice Pakistan and also create a wider demand for domestic products, trade and industry sources said.

The duty concession is being sought for basmati varieties that have been recognised by the UK in the last few years. Already, in some traditional basmati varieties, there are some duty relaxations.

However, with new varieties being added to the list of basmati rice,

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First Published: Jun 18 2023 | 10:55 PM IST

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