A success story in Indias agriculture export sector is oil meals, which saw a 48% increase in overall exports – standing at USD 690 million in 2017-18. Yet, India has been unable to export to China. The Chinese government imposed a ban on oil meal imports from India citing quarantine protocol issues in 2012 – more likely due to Indias ban on Chinese dairy products following the melamine milk contamination scandal in 2008.
Indian producers have not been able to overturn this ban so far. India Briefing said the body in charge of oil meal produce in India, the Solvent Extractors Association (SEA), is seeking clarification from the Chinese government regarding the conditions required for a phytosanitory certificate – a necessary protocol for plant produce exports to China.