RestrictionS for Imports/Exports
There are restrictions on imports and exports for various
strategic, health, and other reasons. There can be quantitative and
qualitative restrictions on the imports and exports. If the goods are not
banned, the government can give a permission/license for specific
Principles of Restriction:
(a) Protection of public morals (b) Protection of human,
animal or plant life or health (c) Protection of patents, trademarks and
copyrights and the prevention of deceptive practices (d) Prevention of
prison labor (e) Protection of national treasures of artistic, historic or
archaeological value (f) Conservation of exhaustible natural resources (g)
Protection of trade of fissionable material or material from which they are
derived; and (h) Prevention of traffic in arms, ammunition and implements of
Labeling and Marking Rules for Imports:
stipulates that MRP, generic name of product, month and
year of entry in trade channel, importer name and address and quantity in
standard units must be carried prominently on the "principle display
panel" of the of prepackaged commodities for retail sale only.
Technical Standards for quality:
The government has subjected imports of some products to
mandatory compliance of Indian Quality Standards. The foreign manufacturers
and exporter are required to register with Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
to comply with this requirement. Quality Standards are not applicable on
imports made under Advance Licenses for physical exports issued with actual
user condition. Similarly the imports made for re-export purposes are also
exempted from the quality standards.
Import of second hand goods:
All second hand goods are restricted for imports and may
be imported only in accordance with the provisions of the Policy, ITC (HS),
Public Notice or a license / certificate / permission issued in this behalf.
The following items may be imported without a license / certificate /
- Second Hand Capital Goods except personal computers, laptops,
photocopiers, air-conditioners, diesel- generating sets.
- Any form of metallic waste, scrap, seconds and defectives, other than
those which are of a value below the value specified for any such items
by a notification issued in this behalf, and excluding hazardous, toxic
waste, radio active contaminated waste/ scrap containing radio active
- Woolens rags / synthetic rags / shoddy wool in completely mutilated
form subject to the condition that mutilation must conform to the
requirements as specified by the customs authorities.
- Import of all types of ships may be made without a license /
certificate / permission on the basis of guidelines issued by Ministry
of Shipping and as per the age/residual life norms prescribed by the
Ministry of Shipping.
Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipments &
Technologies (SCOMET) items can be exported/imported from India only against
a license issued for this purpose, as per the international agreements for
Agriculture Permit System:
The import of agriculture products like Plants / Plant
Materials / Fruits / Seeds for Consumption is controlled by the Ministry of
Agriculture, by means of Phyto-sanitary Certificate. The goods upon entry
into India are subjected to plant quarantine inspection and treatment
against a fee.
Sanitary Import Permit for Animal Products Imports :
Animal products importers are required to produce a
sanitary permit at the customs gate before entry into the country. Meat and
meat products, eggs, milk and milk products, pet food, embryos, ova or semen
and other live stock products from livestock are covered.
Restricted goods can be imported / exported through a
license or as per procedure in a public notice for this.
Restricted item license / certificate / permission may be granted by the
Director General of Foreign Trade or any other licensing authority
authorized by him in this behalf. The DGFT / Licensing authority may take
the assistance and advice of a facilitation committee. The Facilitation
Committee consists of representatives of technical authorities and
Departments / Ministries concerned
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