India: Extension of export ban on edible oils
On 28 September 2011, the government of India has extended its ban on edible oil exports (notification 77/2010). Exports of the affected tariff lines are now prohibited until 30 September 2012. Fish oil are exempted from this ban. Also, for November 2011 and October 2012 an export quota of 10'000 tons of edible oil in "branded consumer packs" has been allowed.
The ban had been imposed in 17 March 2008 (notification 85/2007) and was relaxed for the exportation of edible oils falling under tariff lines 1515, 1517 and 1521 two weeks later (notification 92/2007). In November 2008, the export ban was further relaxed to allow exports of edible oils in consumer packages (<5kg, no more than 10'000 tons in total) and those of fish oil without restriction (notification 60/2008).
In September 2009, the ban in its described form was extended until October 2010 (notification 4/2009). One year later, the band had been extended to 30 September 2011 via notification 7/2010.
The affected trading partners are those with bilateral trade on the affected tariff lines exceeding the GTA de minimis threshold of USD 1 million prior to the imposition of the ban in 2008.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?|
|Was such evidence identified?|
|Is such evidence publicly available?|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?|
Date of inception: 28 Sep 2011
GTA Evaluation: Red
All cited notifications are available from http://dgft.gov.in/exim/2000/not/indexn-ftp1011.htm