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BIS formulated the quality norms to restrict non-essential imports

Published: July 28, 2020
Author: munimji

With an aim of imposing restrictions on non-essential goods and substandard goods, The Bureau of Indian Standards has formulated quality standard norms for 371 items that are identified by the commerce ministry and announced the process to be completed by March 2021.

The list of 371 tariff lines includes several segments, ranging from steel, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and electrical machinery to furniture and toys.

“The commerce ministry has identified 371 imported tariff lines, including Chinese products. We are trying to frame standards and make them mandatory and improve enforcement of the same,” BIS Director-General Pramod Kumar Tiwari told reporters in a virtual press conference.

The concerned ministries are identifying the important products from the list given by the commerce ministry and approaching BIS for making the standards mandatory, he said.

For some products, ministries have decided not to have standards because of insignificant import volumes, while for certain items, there are already standards in place, he added.

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