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Bombay High Court Allows Export of Onions in plea filed by Horticulture Produce Exporters Association

Lawstreet Journal 23 Oct 2020 9:27pm

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The Bombay High Court’s division bench comprising of Justice Ujjal Bhuyan and Justice Abhay Ahuja passed an order allowing the export of onions while hearing a writ petition filed by Horticulture Produce Exporters Association and Rohan Shah (proprietor of Fair Agro Enterprises and a member of first petitioner organization).

The order was passed only for those consignments for which the shipping bills were presented and generated prior to 10:28 pm on September 14th, 2020. It was on this day when the Director-General of Foreign Trade, under the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a notification prohibiting the export of all varieties of onions with immediate effect. This order is said to bring some relief to the onion exporters. The time decided was the same as the time of uploading of notification by the DGFT on the above-mentioned day. The petitioner sought a direction to the respondents to release the onions for export where shipping bills of export were filed and generated with customs authorities at Nhava Sheva Port before the issuance of the notification. 

Senior Advocate Darius Shroff appeared on behalf of the petitioner along with Dr. Sujay Kantawala, ASG Anil Singh for Union of India, DGFT. The court firstly said that the shipping bills would not be considered lapsed until a decision is reached. On October 6th, 2020 the petitioners were asked to submit the relevant documents relating to the entry of 68 containers in the said port, and the port authorities were asked to cooperate. The petitioner was able… Continue Reading...

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