The tender had earlier asked for in-transit methyl bromide fumigation -- which was objected by many prospective bidders as the chemical is banned in several countries.
STC has clarified that it will accept aluminium phosphide fumigation at load ports in dosage, acceptable to the exporting countries. It has also said to consider allowing deliveries in larger vessels after finalisation of bids, depending on port availability and facilities required by the Food Corp of India (FCI).
The tender earlier allowed only smaller vessels with draft width not more than 33 feet for berthing.
STC has also permitted sampling according to International Seed Testing Association norms, instead of testing 1 kg sample from every 20 tonne of the cargo by Indian officials. It has clarified that lay time of the shipments will commence only after the port health organisation at the landing port clears the cargo.
Bidders had expressed apprehension on who would bear the cost, if grain unloading was held up on delay in inspection. These changes are as per the suggestions by the bidders.
AWB stalemate nearing end
New Delhi, May 17: The stalemate between AWB Ltd and India on delayed wheat import shipments of 4,00,000 tonne is nearing an end, an official of the Australian company said on Wednesday.