Indian Importers Require Special Declarations/Documents For Electronic Goods And Mobile Phones

Indian Importers Require Special Declarations/Documents For Electronic Goods And Mobile Phones

Indian customs have now started to implement various pre-importation registration and product compliance regulations for many electric goods and mobile phones according to the requirements of the Indian Ministry of Telecommunication & Information Technology. Details are as follows:

Electronic goods

Customs clearance of all the products listed below is subject to their mandatory registration with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) by the Indian consignee:

  1. Electronic games
  2. Laptops, notebooks and tablets
  3. Plasma, LCD and LED televisions with screen sizes of 32” and above
  4. Optical disc players
  5. Microwave ovens
  6. VDUs and video monitors with screen sizes of 32” and above
  7. Printers and plotters
  8. Scanners
  9. Wireless keyboards
  10. Telephone answering machines
  11. Amplifiers with an input power of 2000 W and above
  12. Electronic musical systems with an input power of 200 W and above
  13. Electronic mains-powered clocks
  14. Set-top boxes
  15. Automatic data processing machines

Imports of all such goods must also be covered by a declaration reading “Self declaration – conforming to IS (Indian Standard) mentioned against the goods so specified.”

We strongly advise manufacturer shippers /exporters to ensure their listed electronic products to India are BIS compliant prior to shipment. Failure to do so may result in the goods being refused entry and/or clearing delays.

Mobile phones

All import shipments of mobile phones are subject to a Directive which specifies the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). This calculation relates to the radiation waves limit fixed by the Indian regulatory authority of such products intended for use in the India market, and should not exceed 1.6 Watts per kilogram averaged over 1 gram tissue.

India customs now require strict adherence to the following requirements of the Directive, all of which must be met prior to the clearance of shipments containing mobile phones:

  • The Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) value should be marked/printed on the phones or be available for calling up using the phones’ settings or alternate tabs.
  • A hands-free option support feature should be available on the phones.
  • A self-declaration should be provided by the manufacturer to confirm the declared SAR value of the phones.
  • A test certificate should be provided by an internationally accredited (ILAC) laboratory or by an accredited Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC) to confirm compliance of the phones with the declared SAR value.
  • Each phone should be accompanied by a manufacturer’s booklet containing safety precautions.

In addition, a valid IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) must be provided for each phone.

Once again, shippers, exporters and importers of mobile phones should take special care to check that all these requirements have been fully met before shipment takes place. Failure to meet the Indian authorities’ regulations may result in the goods being refused entry and/or clearing delays.