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India and Vietnam lift import bans on coffee, pepper

India and Vietnam have removed bans issued earlier this month on imports of several key agricultural commodities, including coffee and pepper, Both government confirms in statement.

Earlier this month, Vietnam had suspended import of six agricultural commodities from India due to phytosanitary issues.

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In response, India also temporarily suspended the imports of coffee beans, bamboo, black pepper, cinnamon, cassia and dragon fruit from Vietnam with effect from March 7, citing interception of quarantine pest in cargoes.

“Phytosanitary issues have been addressed and we lifted temporary ban on import of six commodities from Vietnam,” a senior agriculture ministry official told PTI.

Earlier while imposing ban,Indian government said it has found quarantine pests in imported consignments from Vietnam.It also requested Vietnam to submit an action report of phytosanitary measures taken against quarantine pests.

India had raised the issue of export of some commodities by Vietnam that are not permitted and without phytosanitary certificates.

The move follows a request made to Indian government last week by the Vietnamese government.

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Vietnamese market prices shoots up

Prices of Black pepper raised once the news of India’s import ban lift spread to domestic markets, Black pepper Prices rising to VND109,000(Rs 312.88)-110,000(Rs 315.75) per kg on Wednesday.

India ranked the third-largest importer of Vietnamese pepper last year after the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates.

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