The government has criticised importers and resellers on online marketplaces for allegedly bringing goods into the country by evading duties and taxes. Shipments worth a few hundred crores of rupees are stuck at several ports across the country as the customs department has stepped up its due diligence to catch tax and duty evaders, leading to a delay in deliveries to the end-consumer.
Several resellers on Indian online marketplaces specialise in selling only imported goods. The customer orders these goods on these online platforms and it takes three-to-four weeks for the goods to be delivered.
While a few resellers termed it as a common practice among importers to evade duties through such illegal means, others lamented that their businesses are being impacted for no fault of theirs.