China is likely to open its doors to soyabean from India after allowing the import of non-basmati rice and raw sugar to address the worsening trade imbalance between the two countries, according to senior Government officials.
“With China no longer willing to purchase soyabean from the US due to the on-going trade discord between the two, there is a big opportunity for Indian soyabean in the Chinese market.
Senior trade officials from both countries discussed the steps to start imports from India during a recent meeting in Shanghai,” an official said.
Soyabean is one of the items on which China imposed retaliatory duties of 25 per cent against the US in response to similar levies imposed by the Trump administration on Chinese products.
China had already cut import tariffs on soyabean and soyabean meals from Bangladesh, India, Laos, South Korea and Sri Lanka in July to prepare for more imports from these countries following its reduced purchases from the US.
“Earlier, Beijing had quality issues with Indian soyabean but several steps have been taken in India to ensure compliance with globally accepted norms. Hopefully, quality won’t be an issue now,” the official said.
Quality inspectors from China are soon expected to visit India to inspect facilities.
Source :- Dailyshippingtimes.com