Pakistan halted the import of Indian agricultural commodities
Amidst the tensions between India and Pakistan, Department of Plant Protection, Pakistan, has halted the import of cotton and other agriculture commodities, including vegetables, via the Wagah border.
Kavita Gupta, the government’s textiles commissioner, confirmed the development. India’s export to Pakistan was $225.8 million for 2015-16, as compared to $303.9 mn for 2014-15. For the April-September period this year, the first half of the financial year, it was $86.1 mn.
“We are taking up this issue with the appropriate authority in Pakistan and believe the matter would be resolved soon,” said Gupta.
Ajay Sahai, chief executive of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations, said that the trading halt would hit Pakistan more than India. He added, “For a smooth business environment, a conducive political climate is required, which is absent between India and Pakistan at present.”
While cotton importers and customs clearing agents from Pakistan have claimed that the department had stopped the import of agricultural commodities without a warning or written order because of increase in tensions across the LoC.