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India restricts import of laptops, computers to boost local production

New Delhi, Aug 3 (EFE).- The Indian government on Thursday announced immediate restrictions on the import of laptops, tablets and personal computers for sale, in an attempt to boost the purchase and local manufacturing of electronic products.

“Import of laptops, tablets, all-in-one personal computers and ultra small-form factor computers (…) shall be ‘restricted’,” the directorate general of foreign trade, a part of the Indian trade and industry ministry, said in a statement.

From now on, the import of these type of products would require a “valid license for restricted imports.”

The statement clarified that import “shall be allowed subject to condition that the imported goods shall be used for the stated purposes only and will not be sold. Further, after the intended use the products would either be destroyed beyond use or re-exported.”

The authorities have said that an exemption from import license would be granted for up to 20 such items per consignment, for use in activities such as “research and development, testing, benchmarking and evaluation, repair and re-export, product development,” etc.

The new government norm is aimed at reducing the import of electronic products, which stood at $19.7 billion in the last quarter (April-June) – a 6.25 percent jump year-on-year – according to the Indian trade ministry.

The measure would mainly affect foreign electronic companies specializing in the sale of laptops, such as Samsung, HP, LG, Apple and Panasonic, as many of them manufacture their products in China.

The measure is in line with the “Make in India” policy of the Hindu nationalist government, which aims to make conditions favorable for companies to increase their production capacity in the country. EFE


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