Government may have ‘good news’ for Apple, Samsung and other laptop makers – Times of India

The government is expected to postpone Import tax Restrict computers, laptops and tablets for at least 9-12 months. The move certainly gives pause to manufacturers including Apple, Samsung, Lenovo and others. This means India could introduce restrictions from November 2024, media reports said.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) held talks with industry players on the laptop, computer import The restrictions reportedly sought to extend the Oct. 31 deadline to register for a license.
Industry players are expected to get a window of 1-2 years to import laptops, tablets, all-in-one PCs, ultra-small PCs and servers without restrictions. In addition, the window will help companies that depend on imports to meet the surge in demand for their products in the country during the upcoming festive season.
The government has reportedly proposed a middle ground whereby it may allow unlimited imports if PC and laptop manufacturers sign up for the new import process. The Center has also asked the companies to share their import data for the last three years, reports said.
They added that the government is likely to gradually introduce restrictions from November 2024 and then increase them by November 2025.
What are the new import rules?
The government has introduced new rules for importing laptops and tablets, along with other small form factor computers. As per the norms finalized by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), companies will now require licenses to import laptops and tablets. Regulations in India allow companies to import laptops freely.
IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said the government's aim with the move is to “ensure reliable hardware and systems, reduce dependence on imports and increase domestic production of this category of products”.
Various consumer electronics companies had earlier urged the government to extend the October 31 deadline for licenses required to import computers, laptops and tablets, arguing that they would need time to configure and assemble manufacturing/assembly units in the country.