The aftermath of the clash between India and China escalates. Previously, India has been banning hundreds of Chinese mobile applications, and now imports of electronic products coming from China are suffering from an uncertain delay. The delay reportedly affects big-name electronic companies such as Apple and Samsung. Upon the complicating conflict, India government averts the attention into promoting self-reliance and local production.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) tightens quality control, imports delayed
While BIS’ delay on electronic imports comes unexpected, it is not entirely a mindless measure. BIS follows its own registration scheme to control the quality of electronic goods, both imported and locally made. BIS will give its approval once the companies’ products have completed a series of test in a certified laboratory. Normally, the process takes around 15 days. However, it is somehow has been on a delay from weeks to months longer.
Several non-China electronic companies are reportedly affected by the delay too. Apple, Xiaomi, Oppo, and even Samsung are some big names noted by Reuters. The issue also entangles devices coming from China-based factories of Wistron and Compal Electronics and from Hangzhou Hikvision.
Noted from Reuters, the delay is halting imports of electronic products such as smartphones, smartwatches and laptops from coming to India. As of Wednesday, Reuters reported the status for at least 1,080 applications to BIS for laptops, tablets and other devices are still pending. Out of them, 669 have been in the queue for more than 20 days.
Bans and delays on product imports, India urges self-reliance
The unresolved geopolitical conflict between China and India from several months ago has led Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promote self-reliance and local production. A source told Reuters, “while the BIS is delaying approvals for products like smartwatches, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is pushing companies to make these devices in India.”
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