The government has relaxed licensing rules for importing laptops and computers, which will now be imported through a new system.

Laptop import: The central government has changed the old licensing rules for importing IT hardware products like laptops and computers. An online approval system has now been established for the import of such products. It should be noted that the government had said in August that the import of laptops, tablets and computers will be kept under the license system from November 1. However, Commerce Secretary Sunil Barthwal had said in a press conference last week that there would be no ban on the import of laptops and computers into India. He also said that the government will monitor the import consignments of the importers.

The new system will be implemented immediately.

Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) Santosh Kumar Sarangi said, “The new licensing or approval system is primarily aimed at monitoring the imports of these products to ensure that they are coming from reliable sources. This system shall come into force immediately. “Effective from.”

End-to-end online system launched.

He said that some changes have been made in the policy keeping in mind the concerns of the stakeholders regarding the ban on imports. An ‘end-to-end’ online system has been launched for importers. Sarangi said the system will facilitate importers to fill contact details without going anywhere. The new licensing regime applies to laptops, personal computers (including tablet computers), microcomputers, mainframe computers and certain data processing machines to ensure India’s reliable supply chain.

Importers can start applying.

DGFT said that the importer can now apply on the system to get the import license. There will be no restrictions on quantity, price or any country. The Revenue Department is also involved in the development of the new system and the entire application process will take about 10 minutes and the simple license will be issued automatically.

Who will not get a license.

However, companies on the ‘denied entity list’ will not get licences. Such list includes companies that have not met export obligations by availing schemes like Advance Authorization and Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) or have DRI (Directorate of Revenue Intelligence) cases against them. are pending.

Companies that want to import second-hand goods or refurbished goods will also not be allowed to apply for this license as the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is different for them. “Though an online system has been implemented, these IT hardware products are still in the curb category and there has been no change,” Santosh Sarangi said.

The announcement is also significant as the government had announced on August 4 that importers would need licenses to import these items from November 1 in a bid to boost domestic manufacturing and reduce imports from countries like China. However, later the government announced relaxation in this.

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