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Only 407 tariff lines restricted for import: Puri

Published: Jul 17, 2019


NEW DELHI, JULY 17, 2019: THE Union MoS for Commerce & Industry, Mr Hardeep Singh Puri, today in Parliament stated that import policy for most goods is "Free". Out of more than 11,500 tariff lines only 407 tariff lines are “Restricted” for import. Licenses are issued for import of “Restricted” items. Import from China takes place under the same rules, regulations and guidelines as it takes place from any other country of the world, subject to other domestic laws.  The details of the licenses issued for items categorised as ‘Restricted' as per the import policies in the last three years and licenses where the importer has indicated the country of origin specifically China is as under: -


Year of Import

Total number of licenses issued

 Total number of licenses where the country of import is indicated as China














2019-20 (June2019)







The efforts to prevent import of fake /counterfeit/sub-standard goods is an ongoing process. Under the Foreign Trade Policy, legal provisions exist to protect the Indian consumers and producers, as imported goods are subject to the same domestic laws, rules, orders, regulations, technical specifications, environmental, and safety norms. The BIS standards applicable to domestic goods are also applicable to imported goods.

Central Board of Indirect taxes and Customs (CBIC) has taken a number of measures to prevent the import of counterfeit products in India, which include -

Notification No.51/2010-Customs (N.T.) dated June 30, 2010 as amended vide notification No. 57/2018-Customs(N.T.) dated June 22, 2018 was issued to prohibit import of goods for sale or use in India, which are covered under specified legal provisions of the following statutes that regulate products with false trade mark, fraudulent or obvious imitation of design and false Geographical indication or product which infringe registered copyright.

Trade Marks Act, 1999;

Copyright Act, 1957;

Designs Act, 2000;

Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999; and

The Intellectual Property Rights (Imported Goods) Enforcement Rules 2007 notified vide notification No. 47/2007-Customs (N.T.) dated May 08, 2007, as amended vide notification No. 56/2018-Customs (N.T.) dated June 22, 2018 lays down a detailed procedure to be followed by the right holders or their authorized representatives as also by the Customs for seeking suspension of release of suspect imported goods.

Indian Customs has put in place a web-based Intellectual Property Rights module viz.  Automatic Recordation and Targeting for IPR Protection (ARTS), for effective administration of the legal measures. ARTS has been integrated with the Indian Customs Risk Management System for targeting import of counterfeit and pirated goods (http// The holders of Intellectual property rights registered and valid in India can record their Intellectual Property Rights with Customs, following the legal provisions for protection of their IPRs against imports of infringing goods.