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Domestic Furniture Market to the Fore as India's Middle Class Soars

21 March 2019

Historically focused on buyers in the US, EU and beyond, rapidly increasing prosperity on the home front has seen many of India's leading furniture manufacturers dramatically rethinking their business...Read More


INDIA: US$5.6 billion Worth of Exports Set to Lose Duty-Free Access to US as of May

19 March 2019

Many of the country’s exports are set to lose their duty-free access to the US market as of May this year. Their previous entitlement, under the terms of the US Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)...Read More


INDIA: Automated Customs Clearance Procedures Set to be Adopted

14 March 2019

Import customs procedures at ports and air terminals have been further streamlined as the country looks to improve its ranking on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index....Read More


INDIA: Local Registration and Data Storage Mooted for All E-Commerce Platforms

8 March 2019

All overseas e-commerce platforms offering products for purchase by local consumers will be obliged to register as business entities within the country should its Draft National e-Commerce Policy be a...Read More


INDIA: Proof of Registered Office Location Made Mandatory in Shell Company Crackdown

7 March 2019

As part of the government’s ongoing crackdown on the prevalence of shell companies, all currently-active companies (including all those that were incorporated in the country on or before 31 December 2...Read More


U.S. to Terminate Duty-free Benefits for India and Turkey

6 March 2019

President Trump announced on 4 March his intent to terminate the eligibility of India and Turkey as beneficiary developing countries under the Generalised System of Preferences. These changes will not...Read More


INDIA: Raft of Incentives Announced for Investors in Electronics Sector

6 March 2019

A raft of new incentives is now on offer to prospective investors in the country’s export-oriented electronics manufacturing sector...Read More


India’s Potential Removal from GSP Programme Could Boost Competitiveness of Mainland Chinese Products

25 Feb 2019

A growing list of trade irritants has stalled U.S.-India trade talks and could prompt the White House to narrow or suspend India’s eligibility for duty-free exports to the United States, according to ...Read More


INDIA: Survey Set to Produce Domestic Size Chart for Readymade Garment Industry

25 Feb 2019

In March this year, the government is planning to conduct a nationwide sizing survey with the intention of establishing a standardised size chart for the domestic readymade garment industry....Read More


INDIA: Randomised Online Tax Return Reviews Introduced in Anti-Corruption Move

19 Feb 2019

The country’s Income Tax Department is planning to introduce a randomised online system for reviewing tax returns....Read More


Industry Outcry Sees India Postpone Phone Components Import Levy

14 Feb 2019

Bid to accelerate domestic electronics manufacturing programme by increasing import costs falters at first hurdle....Read More


INDIA: Enhanced Regulation Planned for Import of Duty-Exempt E-Commerce Gift Items

17 Jan 2019

The duty-free import of consumer products as gifts via e-commerce channels is set to be subject to enhanced regulation following concerns that this loophole is currently being exploited for commercial...Read More


INDIA: E-Commerce Platforms Banned from Selling Products from Affiliates

7 Jan 2019

As of 1 February this year, all e-commerce companies operating in India are to be banned from selling items produced by businesses they have a stake in and from entering into exclusive sales agreement...Read More


INDIA: TVs and Digital Cameras Among Raft of Products Granted Reduced GST Liability

2 Jan 2019

TVs with screens of up to 32 inches and digital cameras are among the items that had their Goods and Services Tax (GST) liability cut from 28% to 18% as of 1 January this year....Read More


India: Market Profile

27 Dec 2018

Over the next few years, India is expected to grow at well over 7% a year, with progress being buttressed by dynamic reforms in the macroeconomic, fiscal, tax and business environments. Hong Kong sign...Read More


INDIA: All Shipping Payments Set to be Channelled Via Online Port Community System

21 Dec 2018

India’s maritime industry is to be obliged to ditch all commercial bank payment options in favour of the recently launched online Port Community System (PCS1x)....Read More


Indian Cinema Looks to China After Disappointing Streaming Let-Down

19 Dec 2018

With it now widely-accepted that the local and global streaming services are snubbing independent movies in favour of episodic content, a number of unexpected successes in the mainland market are givi...Read More


INDIA: Additional Medical Devices Set to Fall Within Drug Regulation Regime

18 Dec 2018

As of 1 January 2020, nebulisers, glucometers, digital thermometers and blood pressure monitors are to be added to a list of some 23 medical devices have previously been re-classified as drugs by the ...Read More


INDIA: Export Restrictions on Agro Products Abolished in Bid to Expand Trade Portfolio

17 Dec 2018

With the exception of items deemed to be essential for the country’s food security, restrictions on the export of the majority of agricultural products are to be lifted....Read More


Senate Approves Legislation to Strengthen U.S. Economic Ties with Indo-Pacific Region

11 Dec 2018

The U.S. Senate on 4 December approved by unanimous consent the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018, which reflects the upper chamber’s interest in the Indo-Pacific region. In addition to authoris...Read More

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