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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


INDIA: State to Cover Seven Weeks of 26-Week Maternity Pay Period

26 Nov 2018

Salaries for seven of the 26 weeks of statutory maternity leave are to be covered by the state....Read More


U.S. Seeks to Promote Private Sector Participation in Energy, ICT and Infrastructure Projects in Indo-Pacific Region

23 Nov 2018

The Global Markets unit within the DOC’s International Trade Administration will hold a roundtable on 12 December and will accept input from interested parties by 4 January on government programmes to...Read More


Demand Set to Far Outstrip Supply as India's Packaging Sector Soars

9 Nov 2018

While excess packaging practices are being curtailed in many mature markets, India weighs in with less surplus product padding per person than most. But that may be about to change, according to exhib...Read More


INDIA: Variable Anti-Dumping Duty Imposed on Flax Yarn of China Origin

1 Nov 2018

Certain flax yarn imports originating from China will now be subject to anti-dumping duty (ADD) at a rate of US$1.30-US$4.83 per kg....Read More


INDIA: Duty Doubled on Telecom Imports in Bid to Boost Make in India Initiative

24 Oct 2018

The import duty on a range of telecommunication products has been doubled to 20% as the government looks to reduce overall import levels while boosting domestic production in line with the aims of the...Read More


INDIA: End Looms for Direct In-Port Collection of Imported Cargo Containers

22 Oct 2018

In a bid to end congestion at India’s ports, containerised cargo is set to be transported for processing to external Container Freight Stations (CFS) within 24 hours import....Read More


INDIA: Import Duty Raised in Bid to Counter Rising National Debt

4 Oct 2018

Government has raised the Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on a range of imported products, including speakers, footwear, diamonds, jewellery, air conditioners, refrigerators, small washing machines, certain ...Read More


INDIA: Supreme Court Reinstates Solar Cell Import Levy

4 Oct 2018

The 25% surcharge on imported solar cells, which was temporarily suspended following an interim High Court order, has now been reinstated....Read More


INDIA: E-Commerce Operators Obliged to Collect 1% Tax from Suppliers/Retailers

3 Oct 2018

As of 1 October, operators of e-commerce websites have been obliged to collect a 1% Goods and Services Tax (GST) from all companies that sell products in India via their online platforms....Read More


Accessing India’s Consumer Market: Noteworthy Niches in the E-commerce Ecosystem

27 Sept 2018

India’s retail landscape has been subject to the disruptive forces of e-commerce in recent years, with the emergence of e-tailers posing big challenges to brick-and-mortar retailers. While the eyewear...Read More


INDIA: Duty Free Re-Import of Exported Electronic Goods Given Go-Ahead

26 Sept 2018

Some 23 categories of locally-produced electronic goods previously exported from the country have been approved to be re-imported prior to again being exported....Read More

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