India imports maximum number of TV sets from China. Following the ban of Chinese products, the government has decided to restrict the import of all Colour TV sets. These restrictions are imposed with the aim to encourage Vocal for Local which will boost domestic manufacturing and balance the trade deficit the country is currently facing against China.
The major exporters of TV sets to include China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, and Germany. The curbs are imposed on TV sets of screen size ranging from up to 36 cm to over 105 cm. Liquid crystal display (LCD) television sets of screen size below 63 cm are also covered under the restrictions.
Putting an item under restricted category of imports means the importer of that commodity will have to seek licence from the commerce ministry’s DGFT for the imports. The notification states that the procedure for the grant of license will be separately issued by the DGFT.