Entry of Chinese toys into the country cut to size

2022-07-06 16:12:09 Exim News

Toy imports into the country, mostly from China, have come down by 70 per cent due to conscious policies pursued by the Government to promote indigenous manufacturing. Toy imports which used to be around 371 million US dollars 3 years ago have come down to 110 million US dollars during 2021-22, a decrease of nearly 70 per cent.

Toy exports have jumped by 61.38 percent over the same period. The export of toys has increased from 202 Million US dollars in FY 2018-19 to 326 Million US dollars in FY 2021-22.

Interventions by the government for the Toy Sector include, Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has mandated sample testing of each consignment and no permission for sale unless the quality testing is successful. In case of failure, the consignment is either sent back or destroyed at the cost of the importer.

Basic Custom Duty (BCD) on toy imports has been increased from 20 to 60 per cent in February, 2020.

 Control order on Toys amended to exempt goods and articles manufactured and sold by artisans registered with Development Commissioner (M/o Textile)

The Government issued Toys (Quality Control) Order, 2020 through which toys have been brought under compulsory Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification with effect from January 1, 2021..The Quality control order on Toys was amended to exempt goods and articles manufactured and sold by artisans registered with Development Commissioner (M/o Textile) and also by registered proprietor and authorized users of a product registered as Geographical Indication by the Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM).

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) made special provisions on so as to grant license to micro scale units manufacturing toys without testing facility for one year and not to insist on establishing in-house facility.

  BIS has granted 843 licenses to domestic manufacturers from safety of toys, out of these, 645 licenses have been granted for non-electric toys and 198 licenses granted for electric toys. In addition to this, 6 licenses have been granted to international toy manufacturers.

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