Govt Imposes Restrictions On Import Of Laptops & Tablets; Here’s What You Must Know

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Govt Imposes Restrictions On Import Of Laptops & Tablets; Here’s What You Must Know

We are sure many of you have imported laptops or tablets from friends overseas. But you cannot anymore! With immediate effect, the Indian government has imposed restrictions on the import of laptops, tablets, and personal computers. This news was announced by the ministry of commerce in a notification on Thursday. The notice further said that the import of banned goods would only be permitted with a current licence. 

Govt Imposes Restrictions On Import Of Laptops & Tablets

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Industry officials claimed that a licensing regime would result in extended wait times at the start of the Indian festival season, when sales generally increase.

The imposition was not explained in the government notification. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration has been encouraging domestic production and limiting imports as part of his “Make in India” initiative.

Imports covered by the baggage rules will not be subject to the limits. Customs checks known as baggage rules are required of travellers entering or departing India.

One laptop, tablet, all-in-one computer, or ultra-compact computer, including those purchased through online marketplaces by postal service or courier, will not be subject to the import licensing regulations. Import duties must be paid as necessary.

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Largest Exporter Of Electronic Goods

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According to the statement, 20 of these products per consignment that are used for testing, benchmarking, evaluation, repair and re-export, and product development will not require an import licence. The objects are not designed to be sold; instead, they are to be used exclusively for the specified uses. Once the stated goal is accomplished, the objects will either be destroyed or exported again.

The government stated that a license for restricted imports is required for the repair and return of products that have been repaired abroad.

Tamil Nadu has become the largest exporter of electronic goods in India for the 2022–2023 fiscal year, nearly tripling its previous record of $1.86 billion to $5.37 billion. (National Import-Export for Yearly Analysis of Trade, NIRYAT) (As per Hindustan Times)

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