Pakistan to challenge India’s exclusive claim over Basmati Rice in EU
India had challenged Pakistan's Basmati rice in the EU on September the 11th, but it did not challenge the fundamental law.
Pakistan has decided to challenge India’s move of demanding exclusive rights of claiming the Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Basmati rice in the EU (European Union).
The Commerce Secretary, Muhammad Sualeh Ahmad Faruqui on Tuesday, informed a parliamentary panel that India had challenged the GI law aimed at protecting Pakistani-origin products.
Likewise, The Intellectual Property Organisation (IPO) Chairman, Mujeeb Ahmed Khan, revealed that India had challenged Pakistan’s Basmati rice in the EU on September the 11th, but it did not challenge the fundamental law.
He said India has applied for the GI tag in the EU for Basmati Rice under Article 50(2)(a) of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Council and of the Parliament on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs.
The EU has uploaded the information on its website so that if any country has any objection, it can request so within a specific period.
The IPO chairman added that Pakistan would challenge the claim, saying that India had manipulated facts in its application, and its case was based on weak grounds.
The Indian application claims Basmati rice as an Indian origin product, although similar rice is widely produced in Pakistan.
Pakistan exports up to 700,000 tons of basmati rice to various countries. Out of that, up to 250,000 tones are shipped to European countries.
The EU is a massive destination for local rice exporters, and therefore this is a crucial issue for Pakistan.
The general EU regulation No 972/2006 of June 29th, 2006, lays down special rules for Basmati rice imports.
It also lays down a transitional control system for determining Basmati’s origin as a joint product of India and Pakistan.
Basmati is recognized as a product of Pakistan and India under the European Regulation and its Duty-Free Regime, making it illegal for India to claim Basmati’s exclusive rights in the EU.
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