The deterioration of political relations between India and China in June has had a significant impact on the import or export business. The Indian government has complicated the rules for electronic goods from China, which has led to the late importation of Apple’s new iPhone models from China into the Indian market. Companies like Xiaomi and Oppo have also come under some pressure to import electronic products. It is heard that many products of these companies are still stuck due to non-clearance.
According to the report, it may be too late for the products of foreign companies to reach the Indian market. This is because it took 15 days for the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) to give the green signal to the applications received by the Quality Control Agency. However, it may now take BIS two months or more for clearance of imported products.
Under the BIS registration scheme, certain electronic products have to meet certain criteria to get clearance – whether they are imported or made locally. The products are tested in the company’s certified laboratory, and if all goes well, the BIS approves their application.
As many as 1,060 applications for custom clearance of laptops, tablets and other devices have been submitted to BIS till Wednesday, out of which 69 applications have been pending on the BIS website for more than 20 days. A few more applications have been pending since September for approval. This includes applications for devices from Western and Kampal Electronics’ China-based factories.
Meanwhile, due to delays in BIS, companies like Xiaomi, Oppo, etc. have also suffered a lot to import their smartwatches. According to a source, BIS is delaying the approval of products like smartwatches, while the Indian Ministry of Information Technology is pressuring companies to make these devices in India. Not only that, BIS has reportedly refused to give Xiaomi a special license to import about 30,000 units of TVs. Sources claim that the South Korean company Samsung is also facing similar problems.