Bombay High Court directs Customs to clear held-up onion shipment for export

The Bombay High Court directed the Mumbai Customs Authorities to allow a consignment of onions—about 108 containers—which was held up after the Central government banned the export of the commodity on September 14, to be exported.

Customs authorities should allow the export of onions for which shipping bills had been generated prior to 10.28pm on September 14.

The order came after Horticulture Produce Exporters Association filed a petition challenging the “abrupt ban” imposed by the Central government on the export of onions.

In the petition, filed through advocate Sujay Kantawala, the association contended that the sudden ban was contrary to the Central government’s Export Policy 2015-2010, and its ‘Ease of Doing Business’ promise clearly stopped the authorities from arbitrarily interfering with the freedom to peacefully export goods.


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