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Compulsory testing of toys has increased the woes of importers: Toy Association of India

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New Delhi, Oct 16 (KNN) With the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) issuing  notification mandating testing of imported toys and clearance by  the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the importers are facing a tough time, Toy Association of India (TAI) informed.

Ajay Agarwal, President of The Toy Association of India spoke to KNN and told that this is a good decision by Government of India and will ensure circulation of safe and secure toys in the market.

He however stated that the  government should have given relaxation period of 3-4 months to the importers before implementation.

According to Ajay, this decision has negatively impacted the business of importers of toys and raw-materials as they were not expecting this sudden decision and for now importers are focusing only on stock-clearance only.

He said that at present India lacks infrastructure to test toys and the testing costs are really high.

For example to test an electronic toy a company has to shell Rs.20000.

He suggested that testing centers and laboratories should be set up and mobile vans should be placed for testing purposes.

He further informed that the local manufactures have also  started testing their toys on a large scale because of this decision by DGFT. (KNN/AG)

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