GOVERNMENT IMPOSES COMPLIANCE OF STANDARDS ON IMPORTS
Date : 24 Nov 2000
Location : New Delhi
The government has imposed compliance of all the conditions of the Standards of Weights and Measures (Packaged Commodity) Order, 1977 on imports, as applicable on domestic producers through a notification issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on November 24, 2000. In addition to other requirements, the importers of packaged commodities have to comply with the following conditions
a. Name and address of the importer;
b. Generic or common name of the commodity packed;
c. Net quantity in terms of standard unit of weights and measures. If the net quantity in the imported package is given in any other unit, its equivalent in terms of standard units shall be declared by the importer;
d. Month and year of packing in which the commodity is manufactured or packed or imported;
e. Maximum retail sale price at which the commodity in packaged form may be sold to the ultimate consumer. This price shall include all taxes local or otherwise, freight, transport charges, commission payable to dealers, and all charges towards advertising, delivery, packing, forwarding and the like, as the case may be.
The notification also makes import of 131 products subject to compliance of the mandatory Indian quality standards as applicable to domestic goods. For compliance of this requirement all manufacturers/exporters of these products to India shall be required to register themselves with Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The list of 131 products include various food preservatives and additives, milk powder, infant milk food, certain kinds of cement, house hold and similar electrical appliances, gas cylinders and multipurpose dry batteries.
Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi, dated 24th November, 2000