OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS
AIRPORT, AVAS CORPORATE POINT, MAKWANA LANE,
BEHIND SM CENTRE, OFF ANDHERI-KURLA ROAD,
ANDHERI (EAST), MUMBAI 400 059.
F. No. AirCus/62-PN/2007 Admn-Tech Date: 30.09.2011.
PUBLIC NOTICE NO. 13/2011
Subject: Prohibition on carrying rice in baggage by Air passengers travelling to USA – reg.
Attention of the trade, passengers, CHAs, staff and all other concerned is invited to Central Board of Excise & Customs, Tariff Unit’s Circular No. 34/2011-Customs dated 03.08.2011 issued from F. No. 528/34/2011-STO(TU) on the above subject.
Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture and Co-operation has informed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA – APHIS) has notified new phytosanitary regulations for the entry of rice from countries including India where Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) is known to occur. These regulations, inter alia, prohibit non-commercial rice consignment including passenger baggage and mail with effect from 30th July, 2011.
It is, therefore, clarified that all air passengers travelling to USA should not carry rice in their baggage. The prohibition would also be applicable in dispatch of rice through other means such as courier or mail.
( P.M. GOVANDE )
COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS (AIRPORT)
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