Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], May 18 (ANI): After the Centre imposed a wheat export ban, large numbers of trucks laden with wheat got stuck at other ports. But the scene is completely different in Kolkata's Syama Prasad Mukherjee Port where officials are preparing to export 4,000 tonnes of wheat ahead of the May 13 export deadline.
On Tuesday, the Centre announced relaxation in its earlier order restricting wheat exports and decided that wherever wheat consignments have been handed over to Customs for examination and registered into their systems on or prior to May 13, such consignments would be allowed for export.
"At a time, when the other ports in the country are witnessing chaos by the merchants and traders over exporting of wheat, the Syama Prasad Mukherjee Port till now didn't see any problem till now. The Port is coordinating to export 4,000 tonnes of wheat prior to the contract of before May 13," said Port Chairman Vineet Kumar.
He added that last year the port transported 3 lakhs tonnes of wheat to Bangladesh.
"Syama Prasad Mukherjee Port only exports wheat to Bangladesh now. Before May 13, the assignment can be exported. We are coordinating all importers, exporters and transporters and alerting them about the May 13 deadline. These issues can be sorted out by speaking to the various agencies like Customs," said Vineet Kumar.
Meanwhile, after the Centre imposed a wheat export ban, a large number of trucks laden with wheat were seen stuck at the Kandla port in Gujarat's Kutch district on Tuesday.
Speaking to ANI, the Secretary and Media-Incharge of Gandhidham Goods Transport Association, Satbir Singh said that the ban was abrupt, and has left 5,000 trucks stranded for the last 10-15 days.
"It is incurring losses to transporters and businessmen. Government must provide facilities to unload them," he added.
The Government of India had earlier restricted wheat exports to manage the overall food security situation in India and to support the needs of neighbouring and vulnerable countries that are adversely affected by the sudden changes in the global market for wheat and are unable to access adequate wheat supplies.
According to this order, this restriction would not apply in cases where prior commitments have been made by private trade through a Letter of Credit as well as in situations where permission is granted by the Government of India to other countries to meet their food security needs and on the requests of their governments.
The order served three main purposes to ensure India's food security and check inflation, it helps other countries facing food deficit, and maintains India's reliability as a supplier. The order also aimed to provide a clear direction to the wheat market to prevent hoarding of wheat supplies, the Commerce and Industry Ministry said. (ANI)