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Red Sanders


Context: Recent amendments by DGFT have established that Tamil Nadu (TN) can export up to 900 MT of artificially propagated red sanders annually, while wild specimens of red sanders have a zero export quota.

  • DGFT has issued orders under Foreign Trade (Development & Regulation) Act, 1992 and the Foreign Trade Policy 2023.

Foreign trade policy prohibits the import of red sanders, but it places restrictions on its export. In 2019, DGFT had previously revised its export policy to allow the export of red sanders in log form and roots, but only if it originates exclusively from privately cultivated land, including patta land.


About DGFT:

 This Directorate (HQ: New Delhi; Ministry of Commerce) is responsible for formulating and implementing the Foreign Trade Policy with the main objective of promoting India’s exports. The DGFT also issues scrips/authorization to exporters and monitors their corresponding obligations through a network of 24 regional offices.


About Red Sanders

Red sanders, classified as endangered by the IUCN, are native to a specific region within the Eastern Ghats and are known for their unique flora. These trees have a slow growth rate, taking 25 to 40 years to mature, and they display remarkable resistance to droughts.