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Government bans import of non-BIS compliant 2nd-hand electronics, IT goods

Date: 10 May 2019 Tags: Commissions & Committees

Directorate General of foreign trade (DGFT) has banned import of second-hand or refurbished electronics and IT goods without registration with Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). According to report, India’s  electronics imports has increased to $55.6 billion in 2018-19 from $51.5 billion in 2017-18.

Regulations for imports

Under Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement of Compulsory Registration) order 2012, imports of electronic and IT goods (new as well as second hand, whether or not refurbished, repaired or re-conditioned) is allowed through registration with the BIS or on specific exemption letter from Union Ministry of IT and Electronics (MeitY).

In-case of non-compliance: Without the registration and compliance with BIS labelling requirements, imported electronic and IT goods will be re-exported by importer, otherwise customs authorities will deform those products and dispose of them as scrap.

Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT)

It is nodal government agency responsible for execution of the import and export Policies of India.  It is attached office of Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry. It is headquartered in New Delhi. It is entrusted with responsibilities for formulating and implementing foreign trade policy with the main objective of promoting India’s exports.