India bans import of toys lacking safety standards

June 17th, 2009 - 11:46 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) India has announced restrictions till January 2010 on the import of all toys that fail to meet international safety standards. Hitherto, the ban only related to Chinese toys.
“Import of toys…is prohibited up to Jan 23, 2010 and until further orders,” said an official notification.

“However, toys conforming to international health safety standards can be imported,” said the notification from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).

The DGFT has made it mandatory to attach “a certificate of conformance from the manufacturer that representative sample of the toys being imported have been tested by an independent laboratory (like International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation ILAC)”.

In January this year, India had imposed ban on import of Chinese toys on health grounds.

After protests from China, the restriction was eased on Chinese toys which met international safety norms or certificate from laboratories accredited to the ILAC.

China accused India of bias as the ban was just on Chinese Toys and also threatened to take the matter to the WTO.

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