Notice to the center as well as an e-commerce website has been issued by the Delhi High Court taking the directions to display the Country of Origin on the product sold on E-Commerce portals. Notice to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and online portals including Flipkart, Snapdeal, Decathlon, Ajio, Nykaa, and Amazon has been issued by the division bench of Chief Justice DN Patil and Justice Hari Shankar.
The petition, filed by one Ajay Shukla, comes at a time when India is looking to curb imports from China amid heightened border tensions between the two countries. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology earlier this week also banned 59 Chinese apps over concerns of data security and privacy.
The e-commerce firms, in a meeting with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), had agreed to display the country of origin of goods sold on their platforms and had sought four to five months to comply with the rule.
While companies including Flipkart and Amazon were ready to highlight the required details on their websites and apps, they pointed out that updating existing listings would be an arduous task, and that the onus should be on individual sellers listing those products on their platform.