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Tuesday, 20 October 2020 7.49 PM IST

India bans import of air conditioners with refrigerants in blow to China

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NEW DELHI: The government has banned the import of air conditioners with refrigerants in what could be a big blow to China. The move is aimed at providing a big boost to domestic production.

A notification was issued by the Director-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) late on Thursday, banning the import of split AC system and other air conditioners with refrigerants. All of them have been moved from “free” to “prohibited” category.

The fresh ban on importing air conditioners with refrigerants has been imposed after approval was given by the Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal. The country had earlier put the import of television sets under a restricted list and had asked importers to seek licenses from the DGFT.

It may be noted that the domestic market of air conditioners in India is huge, believed to be around $5-6 billion. The government, however, wants local manufacturers to step up production and sale, in line with its Aatmanirbhar Bharat mission.

Also worth noting is that fact that the Commerce Ministry’s infestation arm, Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), has recommended anti-dumping duty of five years on Choline Chloride imports from China, Malaysia and Vietnam, after a flurry of complaints by domestic manufacturers.

Besides this, India had in August introduced an import embargo on over 100 items to boost indigenisation of defence production in the country. Some items like artillery guns, light combat helicopters, assault rifles, corvettes and radars are few which will no longer be imported from foreign countries.

The aim is to increase indigenous manufacturing of all such equipment to boost self-reliance. However, a major push behind India’s self-reliant drive was the recent border standoff with China. Since the conflict began, India has been cutting down on imports from China as part of strict trade measures.

In the April-August period, Indian imports from China have declined over 27 per cent to $21.58 billion as compared to the corresponding period in the previous year. The same was informed by the government in Parliament recently.

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