For imports of toys, dolls samples to be randomly picked from each consignment & sent to NABL accredited labs for testing: DGFT
New Delhi, Dec 3 (KNN) In a move that is likely to impact the MSME importers of toys and similar items, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has revised the import policy for toys and dolls and similar other recreational goods after which these imports will be governed by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
According to the revised policy, the “Sample will be randomly picked from each consignment and will be sent to NABL accredited labs for testing and clearance may be given by Customs on the condition that the product cannot be sold in the market till successful testing of the sample.”
Further, if the sample drawn fails to meet the required standards, the consignment will be sent back or will be destroyed at the cost of the importer.
The new paragraph that has been added to Section 2 (Indian Quality Standards) to the General Notes regarding import policy of ITC (HS) 2017, states, “Import Policy for Toys/ Dolls etc: Import Policy for Toys/ Dolls and similar other recreational goods under any chapter will be governed by BIS standards as specified in Policy Conditions 2 of Chapter 95.”
Earlier, the policy said, “A Certificate of Conformance from the manufacturer that representative sample of the toys being imported have been tested by and independent laboratory which is accredited by NABL, India found to meet specifications indicated above. The certificate would also link the toys in the consignment to the period of manufacture indicated in the Certificate of Conformity.” (KNN Bureau)