Govt tweaks licensing norms for laptop, computer imports

India on Thursday announced a major tweak to its IT hardware import policy. Import will now be allowed under a new automated import regime.

This comes after daily use hardware items like laptops, tablets, personal computers and servers were put on the restricted list for import in August.

Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, S Krishnan, and Director General Foreign Trade (DGFT), Santosh Sarangi, announced the changes in New Delhi.

The import authorisation will be online and end-to-end online system will ensure that system is faceless and contactless.

Import of personal use laptops, computers and tablets will be exempt from import authorisation.

Import of entities for defence and security purposes is also exempt.

“The supply chain will not be constrained. We will ensure that there is adequate availability and prices don’t go up,” said Krishnan, adding,