India imposes port restrictions on export of essential commodities to Maldives

New Delhi: India has imposed port restrictions on the export of prohibited or restricted essential commodities that were recently allowed to be shipped to Maldives, according to a notification from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).

Export of essential commodities to the island nation shall be permitted only through the following four customs stations: Mundra Sea Port, Tuticorin Sea Port, Nhava Sheva Sea Port, and ICD Tughlakabad, the DGFT said in the notification.

In a notification released on April 5, the Government had allowed the export of sugar and other essential commodities like- Eggs, Potatoes, Onions, Rice, Wheat Flour, Dal, Stone Aggregate and River Sand to Maldives during 2024-25 under the bilateral trade agreement between the Government of India and the Government of Maldives.

As per notification, government allowed 64,494 tonnes of sugar.

“India remains strongly committed to supporting human-centric development in the Maldives, as part of its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy,” the statement by the Indian High Commission in Maldives then stated.

Notably, ties between India and the Maldives have been strained since President Muizzu assumed office, as he criticised New Delhi during and after the presidential polls.

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