The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has imposed restrictions on the import of specific laptops and computers falling under HSN code 8471.
The new regulations, effective immediately, pertain to laptops, tablets, all-in-one personal computers, ultra small form factor computers, and servers.
As per the notification issued by DGFT, importers are now required to obtain a valid license for restricted imports if they intend to import the aforementioned electronics. However, there are some exceptions and clarifications outlined in the notification.
Firstly, the import of laptops, tablets, all-in-one PCs, and ultra small form factor computers under Baggage rules remains unaffected. This means that travelers can still bring in these devices for personal use without the need for a separate import license.
Furthermore, for individual purchases, importers are exempt from the licensing requirement for a single unit of laptop, tablet, all-in-one PC, or ultra small form factor computer, even if it is purchased from online sites. However, it should be noted that taxes will still apply to these imports.
Additionally, importers can bring in limited quantities of these items without obtaining an import license. Specifically, up to 20 pieces of each of these electronics per consignment can be imported without a license, provided they are being used for research and development, testing, benchmarking, or repair purposes.
Moreover, the notification also specifies that import licensing is waived for the specified electronics when they serve as an essential part of a Capital Good.