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India to make ‘Made in’ tag mandatory for all imported items

India plans to make it mandatory for all imports to carry ‘Made in (country)’ tag which declares their place of origin as it plans to tackle large scale dumping and entry of sub-standard goods and give a fillip to local manufacturing. The plan is a part of the work on 'non-preferential rules of origin' that would apply to imports from countries that do not have a trade agreement with New Delhi such as the US, European Union, China, New Zealand and Australia.

These non-preferential rules are used for policy measures like anti-dumping and countervailing duties, trade embargoes, safeguard and retaliation measures, quantitative restrictions but also for some tariff quotas and for trade statistics.

These rules would aid customs authorities effectively check imports that do not meet quality or standards or are in violation of country’s trade norms. These rules would allow customs authorities to verify certificate of origin of goods from the country of origin as stated by the importer.

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