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UAE to suspend exports of Indian wheat for four months

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The UAE will suspend exports of Indian wheat for four months due to interruptions in global trade flows.

The United Arab Emirates has ordered a four-month suspension in exports and re-exports of wheat and wheat flour originating from India, the world’s second-biggest producer of the grain, state news agency WAM said on Wednesday.

The Gulf nation’s economy ministry cited interruptions to global trade flows as the reason for its move but added that India had approved exports of wheat to the UAE for domestic consumption.

India banned wheat exports in a surprise move on May 14, except for those backed by already issued letters of credit (LCs) and to countries seeking to ensure food security. Since then, it has allowed shipments of 469,202 tonnes of wheat. 

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Companies wishing to export or re-export Indian wheat brought into the UAE before May 13, when India’s suspension began, must first make an application to the economy ministry, it said in a statement.

The UAE and India signed a broad trade and investment pact in February that seeks to cut all tariffs on each other’s goods and aims to increase their annual trade to $100 billion within five years.  

The pact, known as the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Trade Agreement (CEPA), took effect on May 1. 

[Reuters]