Concern over non-tariff trade barriers after Turkey’s action on Indian wheat

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Phytosanitary standards often cited to settle political scores or out of self-interest: Experts

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wheat | Turkey | ICC


Turkey’s rejection of a consignment of wheat from India due to allegations that it contained rubella virus highlights the complex and contentious issue of phytosanitary standards, and how countries and commercial entities often use them to protect their home territory or address narrow commercial concerns. According to government officials and the exporter, ITC, the consignment of 56,000 tonnes of wheat had passed all checks, both by inspectors appointed by the buyer and by Indian plant quarantine authorities, before being loaded onto vessel. Therefore, it is not clear at what phase of the journey the virus would have entered the shipment.


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First published: Mon 06 Jun 2022. 06:01 IST

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