On 29 December 2022, India extended the zero-tariff on lentils until 31 March 2024. For further information refer to Austrade announcement.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry manages 5 tariff rate quotas put in place by the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA), including an annual quota for lentils of 150,000 tonnes.
Access to the quota is on a quarterly first-come, first-served (FCFS) basis until the available quota amount has been exhausted.
The quota will be split in equal volumes quarterly. Any unused quota within a quarter will roll over to the next quarter for use.
Exporters can use the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade tariff portal to find the current tariff rate applying to their product and to compare the tariff reduction received under the AI-ECTA agreement.
Key dates to remember
- 1 January - Quota year commences, and first quarter of quota opens
- 1 April - second quarter of quota opens
- 1 July - third quarter of quota opens
- 1 October - fourth quarter of quota opens
- 31 December - Quota year finishes
Current Quota usage
The quota usage tables show the total quantity of quota used by Australia for AI-ECTA products. The tables are updated regularly.
Check out the current quota usage for India lentils.
Apply for an AI-ECTA quota certificate for lentils
Exporters will need to apply to export lentils to India at the reduced tariff rate.
To apply for a quota, certificate an exporter must:
- lodge a request for permit (RFP) through the department’s electronic documentation system, EXDOC
- complete and submit the AI-ECTA lentils TRQ certificate application using the online submit button on the last page of the form.
If you have difficulty accessing these files, contact the Quota Admin team for assistance.
Once we have approved the application, we will email the quota certificate to the email address provided on the completed TRQ certificate application. AI-ECTA quota certificates cannot be amended so if there is a change to the exporter, importer, product type or quantity of the shipment after the certificate has been issued the existing certificate may need to be cancelled and a replacement certificate issued. Contact Quota Admin if there is a change to any details on the certificate.
Note: Quota administration is cost recovered on a per certificate basis in accordance with the Export Charges (Imposition-General) Regulation 2021 and the Export Control (Fees and Payments) Rules 2021. Exporters are invoiced monthly for any quota certificates issued. The current cost recovered amount is $86 per certificate issued.
Read the detail
The Export Control (Tariff Rate Quotas-General) Rules 2021 governs the rules around quotas for lentils to India.
We report on export quotas using data submitted for certificate applications.
Phone: 02 6272 4068