Compulsory Registration with BIS for Import of Second-Hand Electronics and IT Goods

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (‘DGFT’) has, by a notification dated May 7, 2019 (‘DGFT Notification’), amended the Foreign Trade Policy of India 2015-2020 (‘FTP’), clarifying that registration with the Bureau of Indian Standards (‘BIS’) would be mandatory for import of goods notified under the Electronic and IT Goods (Requirement of Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012 (‘CRO’), irrespective of whether such goods are new or second-hand (whether or not refurbished, repaired or reconditioned). It was additionally stipulated that such electronics and IT goods intended for import must comply with the labeling requirements of BIS. Any non-compliance with these conditions would require a specific exemption letter from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (‘MEITY’) while importing such electronics and IT goods. Any non-fulfilment of the aforesaid conditions would render such goods “prohibited” for import, thereby requiring (i) the importer to re-export such goods; or (ii) the customs authorities to deform the goods beyond use and dispose of them as scrap under intimation to MEITY.

Published In:Inter Alia - Quarterly Edition - July 2019 [ English
Date: July 31, 2019