DELHI – Several countries with their range of new technicalities on the products imported from India are likely to hurt the export of agricultural commodities from India. The central countries that are posing to be a concern are the US, the European Union, Mexico and China.

Recently China has rejected a large consignment of seafood exports from India, leaving the exporters in a quandary. The reason cited was the residual DNA of the deadly coronavirus. It is well known that even disinfecting sprays cannot remove such residues.

This is not limited to China and seafood exports only. Some of the rules have been there before, now a new set of laws are the result of the pandemic.

The USA refuses to accept Indian agricultural exports unless it is certified by US accredited agencies. The country does not accept the Spices Board of India’s laboratories certifications. This stand was taken after the 2017 incident, where a Khapra beetle was found in a chilli consignment to Mexico. The country has stopped importing dried chillies from India since then.

The EU, on the other hand, keeps tightening its rules on the MRL (maximum residual level) of chemicals used for agricultural pesticides.

These issues have become a pressing concern for India’s exporters of agricultural commodities and, in return, for the Indian government.