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SUB : Relaxing the conditions for Import of Onion into India

The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India has decided to allow relaxation from the condition of fumigation and additional declaration on Phytosanitary Certificate as per the Plant Quarantine Order, 2003, for imports upto 15 December 2020 on the following conditions :

1. Such consignments of imported onions which arrive in Indian port without fumigation and endorsement to that effect on the PSC, would be fumigated in India by the importer through an accredited treatment provider. The consignment would be inspected thoroughly by quarantine officials and released only if found free from pests of concern to India.

2. Relax the requirement of endorsement of Additional Declaration in the Phytosanitary Certificate.

3. During inspection, if Smut (Urocystis cepulae) or Dry rot (Embellisia allii) is intercepted, the particular container to be rejected and deported.

4. If Stem and bulbs nematode (Ditylenchus dipssaci) or Onion maggot (Hylemia antiqua) is detected, these should be eliminated through fumigation and the consignments to be released with no additional inspection fees.

5. An undertaking to be obtained from the importers that the onions will be used only for consumption and not propagation.

6. Such consignments of onions for consumption will not be subjected to the four times additional inspection fees on account of non compliance of conditions of import under the PQ Order, 2003.