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Peas on the trade front as India grants another extension to Canadian pulse exports

India has given another last-minute extension to a waiver allowing Canadian pulse exports to the country without the required pest treatment, Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says.

Lentils and peas will continue to ship despite issues around pest control

Pulses from Canada will be allowed into India for at least another three months after the country granted another waiver against import rules. (Wikimedia/Creative Commons)

India has given another last-minute extension to a waiver allowing Canadian pulse exports to the country without the required pest treatment, Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says.

Uncertainty around whether Canadian pea and lentil exports to India would be allowed in had caused some shippers to refuse to take the cargo, and threatened to disrupt trade with a country that bought $1.1 billion worth of pulses last year.

The three-month extension comes just before the previous six-month waiver was set to expire at the end of March, and despite comments by India that more extensions would not be granted.

Face-to-face meeting

Pulse Canada chair Lee Moats said the industry group was pleased with the extension, and the priority given to the issue by the Canadian government.

MacAulay said in a statement that he and International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne secured the extension after a meeting with Indian officials in Delhi earlier in March.

He said Canada would continue to work towards a long-term, science-based solution to the fumigation issue, which India has been granting exemptions to since 2004.

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