According to Bloomberg reports, to Intel, Apple Inc. on behalf of the U.S. companies recently set up a new business group, has expressed concern to the U.S. Department of Commerce to protest against the implementation of India’s PC import restrictions, claiming that the move will damage New Delhi’s ambitions to become a global manufacturing center, and harm consumers.
It was previously reported, India in order to promote the local manufacturing industry, announced on August 4, the import of laptops, tablets and personal computers to implement licensing requirements.
Industry executives said India’s implementation of the import licensing system means extending the waiting time for each product to enter the Indian market, especially the need to consider applying in advance to meet the demand for sales during the holiday season.
The measure was originally announced to take effect immediately on August 4, although it was subsequently announced to be postponed to November 1 due to resistance from various parties.
The business group includes eight U.S. multinationals, including Apple and Intel, and the group sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce to get India to reconsider the measure through government-to-government communication and exchange.
According to a joint memo seen by Bloomberg, the business group argued that India’s new rules “could seriously disrupt trade, impede India’s efforts to integrate more closely into global supply chains, and harm businesses and consumers in both countries.”