India Restricts Import of Certain Products

Sep 11, 2023 | India

Recently, India introduced restrictions on the import of laptops, tablets, and other devices categorized under HSN 8471. These restrictions have been extended by the DGFT for three months in order to give the industry more time to prepare, pushing the effective date to November 1, 2023.  Products like laptops, tablets, several types of computers, and servers under HSN 8471 can be cleared without the need for a License for Restricted Imports until October 31, 2023.

A summary of the major highlights of the notification include:
The products impacted by the restriction fall under HS codes 84713010, 84713090, 84714110, 84714120, 84714190, 84714900, and 84715000.

An Import License from DGFT will be required for products under those HS codes. Type Approval certification and an Import License from WPC will need to be obtained prior to submitting an application for the Import License from DGFT. Self-declaration (ETA-SD) will not be accepted.

However, import licensing conditions will be exempted if: Only one unit of a laptop, tablet, certain PC’s, and other such items are imported (not applicable to servers); if the product (up to 20 items per consignment) is being imported for R&D, testing, benchmarking and evaluation, repair and return and product development purposes; if the product is re-imported after being repaired abroad; if the product is an essential part of another capital good.

For a copy of the official notification, or to determine if your product falls under this import restriction, please contact Testing Partners today.

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