India Restricts Import Of Laptops, Computers


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(MENAFN– Kashmir Observer) New Delhi- The government on Thursday imposed import restrictions on laptops, tablets, and certain types of computers with immediate effect for security reasons and the need to promote domestic manufacturing.

The move will also curtail inbound shipments of these goods from countries like China and Korea.

Importers of these items would now have to seek permission or license from the government for their inbound shipments.


A senior government official said that there are a variety of reasons for imposing these restrictions but the primary is“to ensure that the security of our citizens is fully safeguarded”.

The official also said that internet penetration is increasing in the country in a bigger way and in this background Indian citizens need to have an environment and ecosystem, where they are not exposed to machines or instruments which might have security risks.

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“Some of the hardwares could potentially have security related issues and could compromise sensitive and personal data, we have taken into account few of those goods,” he added.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in a notification, however, said certain exemptions have been given against these curbs.

“Import of laptops, tablets, all-in-one personal computers, and ultra small form factor computers, servers… is ‘restricted’ with immediate effect,” it said.

The official further said that“safety is the top most priority” of the government and the move is in compliance with the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Under the transition provisions of the foreign trade policy (FTP), if the bill of lading and letter of credit has been issued or opened before August 3, that import consignments can be imported.

An importer can apply for a license from August 4. The trader should have to be a regular importer to get a license.

“The idea is not to ban imports but to regulate the inbound shipments of these goods,” the official said.

When asked if the move would have an impact on domestic…