According to Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association, rubber production-consumption gap of 4.7 lakh tonnes projected for the current fiscal (2018-19) is a historic high and domestic availability scenario is getting dimmer.
ATMA has asked for urgent measures to make rubber available to the industry by making imports easier.
The gap between domestic production and consumption has been widening in the last few years. From a shortfall of 60,000 tonnes in 2011-12 to 4.1 lakh tonnes in the last fiscal and is projected to grow to 4.7 lakh tonnes in the current.
Imports are permitted at only two designated ports (JNPT and Chennai).