EU Lifts Ban On Indian Mangoes

  • The seven-month ban on Indian mangoes, imposed last year by the European Union, has been lifted well in advance of the deadline set for the ban.
  • The ban was originally till December 2015.
  • This came after an audit by the EU last September showed “significant improvements in the phytosanitary export certification system.
  • Shipments of mangoes from India, including the premium Alphonso mangoes, had been stopped last year after inspections found some consignments infested with fruit flies.
  • The proposal by the European Commission to lift the ban on mango imports received the endorsement of experts at a Member State meeting.
  • The mango import season begins in April and lasts till June.
  • Following the ban last year, British-Indian members of Parliament led by Keith Vaz campaigned hard to get it lifted.
  • Small traders and importers of the fruit in the United Kingdom were hit last year.
  • The EU accounts for more than 50 per cent of total exports of fruits and vegetables from India.
  • The U.K. is the main destination, followed by the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
  • Reacting to the decision, M. Rafeeque Ahmed, president of exporters body FIEO, complimented the Commerce Ministry for resolving the issue in record time.
  • The imposition of ban on mangoes did affect India’s exports of fresh fruits which declined from $ 307.38 million in April-November 2013 to $ 291.43 million in April-November 2014.
  • Mango exports to EU suffered a major dent and went down from $ 8.9 million in 2013-14 to $ 1.07 million in 2014-15 i.e., April-September period.