India notifies procedure for wheat export to Nepal

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) asked experienced exporters to apply for permits to allocate wheat export share to Nepal By June 30th. However, it did not specify the allowable amount. The export of wheat has been banned since May 13, 2022, except with permission from the government to friendly countries and for humanitarian reasons.

DGFT, in a June 20 trade notice, said the government had approved the request from Nepal that wanted to import wheat from India during 2023-24. It said only applications submitted between June 21 and June 30 will be considered for the permit.

While applications must be submitted through the online portal to maintain objectivity and transparency in quota allocation, the Directorate General of Forestry has also clarified that only exporters who have exported wheat to Nepal in the three years from 2019-20 to 2021-22 will be eligible to apply.


She said the minimum would be 100 tons and the application would only be allowed if the quantity to be exported was higher than that. DGFT said the wheat will be shipped to Nepal by road transport.

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She added that the allocation of the quota will be made on a proportional basis based on the average annual quantity shipped in the specified three years and the quantity to be exported, whichever is less. It said that the exporters to whom the quota will be allocated will have to submit the landing certificate within one month of completing the export quota.

India had exported 4.7 million tonnes of wheat worth $1.52 billion during the 2022-23 financial period as the government had to allow the shipment of that amount for which contracts were signed before the ban was imposed. Of this, 51,569 tons were shipped to Nepal. But in 2020-2021, wheat export to the neighboring country amounted to 0.33 metric tons.

In April 2023, India has exported about 58,000 tons of wheat to all countries, including more than 1,600 tons to Nepal.