EU lifts ban on import of mangoes from India

The European Union has lifted a ban on the import of mangoes from India after the country made improvements in plant health controls and the certification system, opening up the way for them to return to the 28-member bloc. The European Commission committee voted to lift the ban and the legislation now needs to be formally adopted and published by the European Commission a process that will take around a month. Notwithstanding, the positive vote by the Committee gives relief to Indian exporters and UK Importers for the forthcoming mango season. British High Commissioner in India, James Bevan said this is good news for the UK-India and EU-India trade relationship, especially for Indian exporters and UK consumers. The British Government worked hard to have the ban lifted, which includes sending an expert to provide technical training, prior to the EU inspection in September. The EU accounts for over 50 percent of total exports of fruits and vegetables from India. The UK is the main destination followed by the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.