Team Blitz India
NEW DELHI: The Government is likely to put in place a simple import authorisation procedure for import of laptops, tablets, and computers from November 1, according to sources. However, they said the commerce ministry is awaiting for the final approval from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
The Government in August had imposed import restrictions on laptops and computers (including tablet computers) with a view to boost domestic manufacturing and cut imports from countries like China.
As per the notification of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), the restrictions will come into force from November 1.
While the IT hardware product industry comes under MeitY, the DGFT notifies decisions with regard to the import/export of a product.
Following this notification, the IT hardware industry had flagged concerns.
“It will be more in the nature of an import management system where people will be issued an authorisation. It will be a very soft licensing. It will just be an authorisation,”a source said, adding that everything will be online.