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Export licensing requirement
On 13 February 2009, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution issued S.O. 473 (E) stating that exporters of sugar will require an export release order from the Chief Director (Sugar), Directorate of Sugar or any other authorized officer.
This requirement was amended on 11 May 2012 and almost all sugar exporters do not require a Release Order from the Directorate for sugar exports in the season 2011-12. On 30 January 2013, the exemption from obtaining the Release Order was extended for the 2012-13 season (later notifications are not published on the Ministry website).
On the other hand, on 14 May 2012 the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a notification requiring that such sugar exports will require approval from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).An application to get a Registration Certificate is required to be made with the DGFT to a maximum quantity limit of 10,000 MTs for the season 2011-12. Further, the exporter will have to finish the exports against the RC within 30 days of receipt of the RC, failure of which would lead to penal actions.
On 16 May 2012, the above Circular was amended and applications for Registration Certificates up to 25,000 metric tons was allowed. Also, the time limit to finish such exports was increased from 30 days to 60 days.
On 24 December 2012, the registration requirement with DGFT was indefinitely extended.
On 12 November 2013, the maximum limit for applying for a RC was increased to 50,000 MTs (see related measure).
On 7 September 2015, the requirement for registration of sugar exports with the DGFT was dispensed with (Notification 20/2015-20).
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