The Indian government on Thursday placed restrictions on the import of laptops, tablets, and computers with immediate effect.
“Import of Laptops, Tablets, All-in-one Personal Computers, and Ultra small form factor Computers and Servers falling under HSN 8741 shall be ‘restricted’ and their import would be allowed against a valid Licence for restricted imports,” the notification read.
The restriction shall not be applicable to imports under baggage rules, it said.
As per the earlier policy, the import of these items was free.
However, the exemption from import licensing requirements is provided for import of one laptop, tablet, all-in-one personal computer, or ultra small form factor computer, including those purchased from e-commerce portals, through post or courier, the government has said.
The government notification also clarified that exemption from import licence is provided for up to 20 such items per consignment for the purpose of research and development, testing, benchmarking and evaluation, repair and re-export, and product development purposes.
Also, laptops, tablets, PCs, and ultra small form factor computers and servers which are an essential part of a Capital Good shall be exempted from the import licensing requirements.