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India detains a million tonnes of rice at the country's ports

At least 20 dry bulk ships and up to a million tonnes of rice for export are being detained at Indian ports as the country’s authorities attempt to protect the domestic market. Carriers are forced to pay for the delayed ships, according to media.

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Unforeseen restrictions on rice exports from India have led to at least 20 dry bulk vessels having so far waited two weeks to load 600,000 tonnes of rice at Indian ports, according to German media Handelsblatt.

Another 400,000 tonnes of rice are lying in storage, waiting to be exported, because Indian authorities without warning imposed limitations on rice exports in an attempt to curb price hikes on the domestic rice market.

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