Imports and export business of meat products in India is governed by the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act 1992, under which the import of all goods is free except for the items regulated by the policy. The EXIM policy announced once in every five years stipulates the items that can be imported freely to India. Some items like tallow, fat or oils of any animal origin and ivory are in the prohibited list which cannot be imported.
India exports meat to different countries like Africa, Common Wealth Nations and Asian countries like Indonesia and Japan, among others. It is the second largest supplier of meat products to the UAE. Some of the meat products that are exported from India include both fresh and frozen meat apart from organs of poultry, pig, sheep and goat. Some of the meat products that are exported include homogenized Meat Preparations, preserved meat, sausages, meat extracts, canned meat and meat juices.
To import livestock products into India, a valid sanitary import permit is needed and these are brought through seaports or airports where Animal Quarantine and Certification Services Stations are situated where these will be scrutinized by the Officer-in-charge of the Animal Quarantine and Certification Services Station or any approved veterinary officer.
The food grade, premium quality meat is packed using safe and hygienic packing methods that keep the meat fresh and tasty. The standardized processing methods and fully automated meat processing units would ensure the best quality as stipulated in the export guidelines.
India exports 21% of the total meat produced and meat exports have shown a steady increase over the years. Indian buffalo meat is in huge demand in international markets due to its organic nature and lean make up. Frozen bovine meat tops the list in exports and contributes to over 97% of the total exports. Better livestock management and scientific methods of rearing the cattle have increased the production of cattle considerably.
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