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India Halts Tariffs On Chickpeas And Grains Imported From Australia

Published Date: May 08, 2024

Australian desi chickpea prices increased sharply after India’s decision to suspend tariffs on imports. is a user-friendly SaaS based global trade hub and your streamlined solution for B2B rice procurement and sales. Connect with global Buy Bulk Chickpeas or bulk chickpeas sellers, bypass middlemen for higher profits, and secure the best bulk prices effortlessly. Simplify your chickpeas sales or procurement with 

Rise In Chickpea Import Prices 

Prices for Australian desi chickpeas rose following India's lifting of import tariffs, allowing a trade that was previously valued at hundreds of millions of dollars to flourish again. In the upcoming months, farmers will be encouraged to plant more chickpeas due to higher prices and increased demand from India, according to industry body Grains Australia. 

In response to a subpar local harvest, India, the largest consumer of chickpeas worldwide, suspended tariffs on May 4 until March 31 of the following year. Australia stands to gain the most as it is the leading exporter of chickpeas. According to Peter Wilson, chair of Grain Australia's pulse council, "Australian exporters will be positioning products for Indian ports immediately." As Australia's sowing season is just getting underway, Wilson predicted that "this will guarantee that a bit more is planted." 

Rice in Chickpea Prices

In anticipation of the tariff decision, Australian prices for desi chickpeas increased from approximately A$810 ($535) per ton in February to over A$900 last week. Prices were approximately A$1,150 per ton following the announcement, a trader said. According to trade data, Australia has exported 6,00,000 tons of chickpeas worth about $325 million annually on average over the past five years. Wilson stated that around 90% of these were desi chickpeas, which are usually smaller and darker in color than the white kabuli chana which is used to make hummus. 

In 2017, India imposed 33% tariffs on desi chickpeas to support local farmers, which were later increased to 66%. Before the tariffs, India received approximately 60% of Australia's chickpea exports which is up to 90% of India's chickpea imports. Wilson predicted that competition for Australian chickpeas would increase, with India potentially regaining 60% of the market during the year of tariff suspension. Pakistan and Bangladesh are the other two main markets for Australian chickpeas. 

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