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India Revises Import Policy for Toys

SafeGuardSDecember 18, 2019

Effective immediately, India has revised its toy import policy from ‘imported toys have to be tested by an NABL accredited lab’ to ‘randomly selected samples from each consignment for testing in NABL accredited labs for clearance’. This means that it is no longer a mandatory requirement to test with an NABL accredited lab.

In September 2017, India published Notification No. 26/2015-2020  to set new requirements for the import of toys. That notification contains, inter alia, the following important provisions:

  1. Requiring a certificate that toys conform to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) (items 1 to 7, Table 1)
  2. A Certificate of Conformance (CoC) indicating that toys have been tested by a laboratory that is accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)

On December 2, 2019, India published Notification No. 33/2015-2020 to amend its import policy on toys. This new Notification contains two important provisions:

  • Replacing point 2 above with ‘sending randomly selected samples from each consignment to an NABL accredited lab for testing to determine clearance for Customs’
  • Adding new import policy for toys/dolls and other similar recreational products (see Table 1)

The new policy has been effective since December 2, 2019 – the day of its publication in the Indian Gazette.

Highlights of the new amendment and Notification No. 26/2015-2020 of September 1, 2017 are summarized in Table 1.

Notification No. 33/2015-2020, December 2, 2019 amending Notification No. 26/2015-2020 of September 1, 2017
Amendment in Policy Condition No. 2(iii) to Chapter 95 of ITC (HS), 2017-Schedule-1 (Import Policy)*,**,*** 
ItemBureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
1IS 9873-1 ‘Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties'
2IS 9873-2 ‘Flammability'
3IS 9873-3 ‘Migration of Certain elements'
4IS 9873-4 ‘Swings, slides and similar activities – toys for indoor and outdoor family domestic use’
5IS 9873-7 ‘Requirements and test methods for finger paints’
6IS 9873-9 ‘Certain phthalates esters in toys and children’s products’
7IS 15644 ‘Electric toys’
*Import policy for toys/dolls etc: Import policy for toys/dolls and other similar recreational goods under any chapter will be governed by BIS standards 
**Imported toys require certificate conforming to the above BIS standards
***Randomly selected samples from each consignment will be sent to NABL accredited labs for testing and clearance 
Table 1

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