Retaliation: India stops vegetable exports to Pakistan

Published: January 8, 2011
Pakistan this week banned overland onion exports to India in a bid to control rising 
prices at home. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan this week banned overland onion exports to India in a bid to control rising prices at home. PHOTO: AFP

AMRITSAR: In a retaliatory move against a ban on export of onions to India through land route, Amritsar-based vegetable exporters on Friday refused to send trucks carrying tomatoes and other vegetables to Pakistan via Attari-Wagah land route.

“Today (Friday), we will not export vegetables to Pakistan because the Pakistani government has put a ban on onion exports to India,” Indian media quoted vegetable trader Anil Mehra as saying.

This decision was taken by about 40 vegetable exporters based in Amritsar. He said that the traders were not bothered about losses which they would suffer after stopping exports of vegetables to Pakistan.

Vegetable exporters stopped around 70 trucks carrying tomatoes, ginger and chillies and these vehicles did not go for customs clearance.

“So far, no truck carrying vegetables has crossed over to Pakistan through land route, though five to six trucks with soybean (animal feed) have moved to the neighboring country,” a senior official of the customs department in Amritsar said.

India is a major supplier of vegetables to Pakistan. Of total exports via land route, 30-32 per cent comprises tomatoes while soybean has a share of 55 per cent. Other items includes chillies, ginger, potatoes, capsicum, biscuits and raw cotton.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Anonymous
    Jan 8, 2011 - 6:29PM

    These are the two most idiotic natins on earth, fighting over vegetable. Recommend

  • Anoop
    Jan 8, 2011 - 10:50PM

    Why are the 2 nations being so pety? Stop getting back at each other and start free trade!Recommend

  • Ashutosh
    Jan 9, 2011 - 12:14AM


    Onion was banned by Pakistani Government, where as vegetable exports were stopped by a handful of exporter in India on their own.

    You abuse two nations, but where is the 2nd nation?Recommend

  • G.Din
    Jan 9, 2011 - 2:41AM

    No salads for Indians and Pakistanis! Result of onion-tomato war! Recommend

  • sharjeel+khan
    Jan 9, 2011 - 7:02PM

    india also stopped export of cotton yarn to pakistan during second half of 2010. here is the 2nd country you were referring in your commentRecommend

  • Sankalp
    Jan 9, 2011 - 10:30PM

    Lol! And now we fight over vegetables…Recommend

  • Ashutosh
    Jan 10, 2011 - 2:49PM

    Thanks for correcting me …

  • Jibran
    Jan 10, 2011 - 4:55PM

    May we all be blessed with plentiful onions. Recommend

  • Chandrakant
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:15AM

    @G.Din excellent reply dude!Recommend

  • sharjeel+khan
    Jan 12, 2011 - 6:54PM

    anytime brother,,,,,,,,,,,,,Recommend

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