Government lifts ban on import of Chinese toys

March 3rd, 2009 - 10:12 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, March 3 (ANI): The Government on Monday lifted the ban on import of Chinese toys, prior to previously announced six month period starting January 23, on condition that they would conform to international safety norms.

The Chinese toys were had banned for six months on grounds of public health and safety this year in January.

According to a public notice by the Commerce Ministry, the import of toys from China will be allowed if they conform to the standards prescribed in “ASTM F963″ or “ISO 8124 (parts I - III) or IS 9873 (parts I - III)”.

These regulations primarily deal with safety and health hazards.

The government through the public notice also stated that the imports from China would have to be accompanied by a requisite certificate from laboratories accredited to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation.

Following the restrictions on toys, the Chinese media had reported that Beijing was contemplating dragging India to the WTO challenging the ban.

However, Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath had said the ban was WTO-compatible.

The toys market in India is estimated at Rs 2,500 crore while the volume-driven, price-competitive Chinese toys are estimated to control 70 per cent of the global toys market. (ANI)

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