Indian Official Confirms No Restrictions on Laptop Imports

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India Scraps Laptop Import Restrictions Amid Criticism from Industry and Washington, Working with Stakeholders on Revised Policy Announcement by End of October

India has decided to reverse its previous intention of imposing restrictions on laptop imports, a move that had been hastily announced months ago and subsequently faced criticism from both domestic industry stakeholders and the United States.

“India will not be implementing constraints on laptop imports,” affirmed Trade Secretary Sunil Barthwal during a press conference on Friday.

He clarified that the government’s intent was to exercise vigilance over import activities.

The introduction of an import licensing system, initially unveiled on August 3, aimed to ensure the entry of ‘trusted hardware and systems’ into India. However, its implementation was postponed by three months due to industry objections and objections from Washington. Such restrictions would have had an impact on companies such as Dell, HP, Apple, Samsung, and Lenovo.

Presently, the government is engaged in consultations with industry representatives to formulate a revised policy for laptop imports, which is anticipated to be disclosed by the end of October, as noted by Directorate General of Foreign Trade Santosh Kumar Sarangi.

The specific details of the new approach have not been revealed by officials.

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