Here comes the good news for laptop makers like Apple, Dell, Lenovo, and others, as the government delayed the deadline for the ban on the import of laptops, PCs, and servers. The decision will provide some relief for hardware manufacturers that must rely on imports to keep up with the country’s surging demand for PCs, laptops, and tablets, particularly during the upcoming holiday season.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, minister of state for electronics and information technology, met with representatives from the IT hardware sector to discuss import management regulations. Representatives from the companies Dell, Apple, Samsung, HP, HPE, Intel, Asus, and Acer, as well as the trade groups India Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA) and the Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT), were present at the conference. The DGFT, who will put the system into place, will receive recommendations on the topic from the Ministry of Electronics and IT (Meity).
Companies would only need to register on the upcoming import management system as of November 1, when the licensing regime was supposed to take effect. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and the hardware industry will shortly meet to finalize the details of the registration process. The DGFT will oversee the import management system, and the entire procedure will be conducted online.