The Directorate-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), on Friday, lifted the ban on export of select milk products, including whole milk powder and dairy whitener.

The DGFT notified the lifting of ban on export of milk and cream, concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter, including whole milk powder, dairy whitener and infant milk foods. The notification followed a decision on the issue by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) earlier this month. “There is no change in the policy regarding export of skimmed milk powder, which continues to be free,” the notification said.

In February 2011, the government had imposed ban on export of all kinds of milk products — skimmed milk powder (SMP), whole milk powder (WMP), dairy whitener, infant milk foods, casein and casein products — to boost domestic supply. The ban was, however, withdrawn in the case of casein in April and SMP in June this year. At present, there is a stock of 1.12 lakh tonnes of milk powder. As much as 300 lakh kg of milk per day was procured in September, while sales were only 260 lakh kg a day.

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