After import ban on laptops and tablets, the list may get longer with these gadgets

Earlier this month, the central government imposed restrictions on the import of personal computers, laptops, and tablets, making licences mandatory for such imports. According to reports, the government is considering imposing similar restrictions on other devices such as cameras, printers, hard disks, and components of telephonic and telegraphic devices.

Aug 12, 2023 - 21:11
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After import ban on laptops and tablets, the list may get longer with these gadgets

Earlier this month, the central government imposed restrictions on the import of personal computers, laptops, and tablets, making licences mandatory for such imports. According to reports, the government is considering imposing similar restrictions on other devices such as cameras, printers, hard disks, and components of telephonic and telegraphic devices.

The imports of these products reportedly crossed $10.08 billion in FY23. The government may announce similar restrictions as on laptops to boost domestic production opportunities for these devices.

Government monitoring imports under ITA
The government is said to be monitoring the import of 250 goods under the Information Technology Agreement-1 (ITA-1) that are exempt from import levies. An official told Economic Times that the focus is on high-volume products that pose a risk. The ITA-1 includes a variety of high-tech products like integrated circuits, computers, telecommunication equipment, semiconductors, semiconductor manufacturing, amplifiers and testing equipment, software, and scientific instruments.

According to the official, the most expensive products are chips and displays, and it is necessary to promote their manufacturing. Additionally, there is reported to be a focus on local manufacturing of printers, keyboards, hard disks, and scanners.

Additionally, the government is reviewing similar curbs on other high-import products including urea, antibiotics, turbo-jets, lithium-ion accumulators, refined copper, machines, solar cells, aluminium scrap, sunflower seed oil, and cashew nuts.

Curbs on PC, laptop, and tablet imports
Last week, the central government announced that starting November 1, import licences will be required for laptops, tablets, all-in-one PCs, ultra-small factor PCs, and servers.

Buyers must obtain a licence for importing all types of computers, including ultra-small ones and tablets. However, some capital goods category PCs are exempted. Import licences will be exempt for up to 20 items per shipment for research, testing, benchmarking, evaluation, repair and return, and product development.

In the last fiscal year, PC, laptop, and tablet imports totalled $5.3 billion, while shipments of Wi-Fi dongles, smart card readers, and Android TV boxes amounted to $2.6 billion.