India government tightens import rules for unregistered IT and electronic goods

The Indian government continues to restrict imports of unregistered IT and electronic goods, requiring mandatory BIS registration and compliance with labeling norms under the ‘Electronics and Information Technology Goods 2021’.

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The Indian government has reaffirmed its stance on regulating the import of information technology (IT) and electronic goods, emphasizing the need for mandatory registration with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and compliance with labelling requirements. This policy, outlined in the ‘Electronics and Information Technology Goods 2021,’ applies to all new and refurbished items.

Key Implications:

  • Restricted Imports: Only registered IT and electronic goods will be allowed into the country, ensuring product safety and preventing unfair trade practices.
  • Consequences of Non-Compliance: Goods imported without BIS registration will be either re-exported upon arrival or disposed of as scrap by customs authorities, with notification to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • Streamlined Customs: For importers, BIS registration helps avoid procedural delays at customs, making the import process more efficient.

This update reinforces the Indian government’s commitment to maintaining strict standards for IT and electronic goods imports, a policy that has been in place for nearly 12 years.