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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Indian Rice Imports to Be Resumed

The government has resumed issuing permits for Indian rice imports banned from May 1 due to discovery of a banned pesticide in shipments, the Federal Service for Veterinarian and Vegetation Sanitary Supervision said Friday.

The service said in a statement that all shipments of rice from India would be accepted after Friday if accompanied by certificates confirming their safety. This was agreed on at talks with Indian authorities held earlier this month.

India is one of the country's main suppliers of rice.

Moscow used to import 400,000 to 500,000 tons of rice per year until it imposed a tariff of 70 euros ($97) per ton in April 2005. Imports shrank to 300,000 to 350,000 tons after that, analysts have said.

In early December, Russia stopped all rice imports on health grounds but restarted them later under stricter control via a reduced number of ports.