Restrictions For Imports/Exports

There are restrictions on imports and exports for various strategic, healths, and other reasons. There can be quantitative and qualitative restrictions on the imports and exports. If the goods are not banned, the government can give a permission/license for specific reasons.


(a) Defend the public morals (b) Protection of human, animal or plant life or health (c) Protection of patents, trademarks and copyrights and the obstruction of deceptive practices (d) Prevention of prison labor (e) Protection of national riches of artistic, historic or archaeological worth (f) Preservation of exhaustible natural resources (g) Protection of trade of fissionable Substance or material from which they are resulting; and (h) Prevention of traffic in arms, ammunition and trappings of war.


Specifies that MRP, generic name of product, month and year of entry in trade channel, importer name and address and amount in standard units must be carried importantly on the “principle display panel” of the of prepackaged goods for retail sale only.


The government has subjected imports of certain products to compulsory compliance of Indian Quality Standards. The foreign manufacturers and exporter are compulsory to register with Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to meet the terms with this requirement. Quality Standards are not relevant on imports made under Advance Licenses for physical exports published with authentic user condition. Similarly the imports made for re-export purposes are also exempted from the quality standards.


All second hand goods are restricted for imports and may be imported only in accordance with the provisions of the Policy, ITC (HS), Public Notice or a license / certificate / permission issued in this behalf.

The following substances may be imported without a license / certificate / permission IUI

  • Second Hand Capital Goods except personal computers, laptops, photocopiers, air-conditioners, diesel- generating sets.
  • Any form of metallic waste, scrap, seconds and defectives, other than those which are of a value below the value specified for any such items by a notification issued in this behalf, and excluding hazardous, toxic waste, radio active contaminated waste/ scrap containing radio active material.
  • Woolens rags / synthetic rags / shoddy wool in completely mutilated form subject to the condition that mutilation must conform to the requirements as specified by the customs authorities.
  • PET bottle / waste
  • Import of all types of ships may be made without a license / certificate / permission on the basis of guidelines issued by Ministry of Shipping and as per the age/residual life norms prescribed by the Ministry of Shipping.


Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipments & Technologies (SCOMET) items can be exported/imported from India only against a license issued for this purpose, as per the international bargain for strategic reasons.


The import of agriculture products like Plants / Plant Materials / Fruits / Seeds for Consumption is controlled by the Ministry of Agriculture, by measures of Phyto-sanitary Certificate. The goods upon access into India are subjected to plant quarantine inspection and treatment alongside a fee.


Animal products importers are obliged to fabricate a sanitary permit at the customs gate before entry into the country. Meat and meat products, eggs, milk and milk products, pet food, embryos, ova or semen and other live stock products from livestock are covered.


Restricted goods can be imported / exported through a license or as per procedure in a public notice for this. Restricted item license / certificate / permission may be granted by the Director General of Foreign Trade or any other licensing authority authorized by him in this behalf. The DGFT / Licensing authority may take the assistance and advice of a facilitation committee. The Facilitation Committee consists of representatives of technical authorities and Departments / Ministries concerned

The DGFT / Licensing authority may take the assistance and advice of a facilitation committee. The Facilitation Committee consists of representatives of technical authorities and Departments / Ministries concerned

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