Illegal imports of Vietnam-origin pepper to India from the island nation Sri Lanka has been decreased in March and April on collective efforts of pepper growers against illegal imports.
According to sources,pepper imports during the months of January-December 2018 were at 51,000 tonnes but were dropped to null in months of March and April.
The drop in illegal imports has been made possible through strict monitoring at the customs level.
The decrease in illegal shipments to persistent efforts by both the Indian and Sri Lankan governments – KK Vishwanath, Coordinator, Consortium of Black Pepper Growers Organisation,
Few unethical importers are still managed to import 60 tonnes of Vietnamese black pepper in the recent period at an minimum import price (MIP) of ₹500/kg and a duty of 8% – Kishore Shamji of the Kochi-based trader.
However,Some imports are still taking place through informal border checkposts in Nepal and the organisation has requested the authorities not to allow such import receipts without any value addition and to take up the matter of tighter vigilance at borders with the Commerce Ministry.