Govt bans import of Chinese products

Shouldn’t these have been done earlier considering the fact that much of the products that originate from China are not only spurious, of inferior quality,  harmful to humans and the security of the nation (especially the cellphones with no IMEI numbers).

The government on Wednesday put quality restrictions on mobile phones, dairy products and toys in a measure aimed mainly to block their imports from China and which may trigger another round of wrangling at the WTO between two of Asia’s biggest economies.

The Directorate-General of Foreign Trade said mobile handsets without the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number, which helps authorities to track the sale and use of the phones, cannot be imported from now on. An estimated eight lakh such phones come into the country every month from China. These are unbranded and cost a lot less than the branded variety.

Security agencies had raised concern over the use of these phones, many of which, they said, were being used by terrorists to set off bombs and communicate among themselves. Since these sets do not have the 15-digit IMEI number, or cloned numbers, the authorities find it difficult to track the sale or usage. Approximately 30 million such phones are in use at present.

The DGFT also banned till January 2010 the import of toys that do not meet international safety standards and norms. This move too will hit imports of toys mainly from China and several other countries. India had blocked import of toys from China in January on health grounds, after concerns over their safety were raised in developed markets. But the restriction was eased later after Beijing questioned the restrictions on the ground that New Delhi did not put such curbs on toys from other countries.

More than a dozen countries in Asia and Africa had also banned milk and dairy product imports from China, while several others had recalled the products suspected to be contaminated. India, world’s largest milk producer, does not import milk products from China. The ban is being seen as a preventive measure.

Meanwhile, the government has asked its missions in the African region to step up vigil against bootlegged drugs being sent to those markets with fake `Made in India’ tag. The commerce department last week lodged a complaint with the Chinese embassy here and the Indian embassy in Beijing and sought action against the impostors.

The Indian action comes after Nigeria’s pharma regulator reported the detention of a large consignment of fake drugs for treating malaria. The consignment carried `Made in India’ labels but was produced in China. A laboratory test of a recent consignment of anti-malaria drugs Maloxine and Amalar tablets proved these were fake. Had the drugs flowed into the market, about 642,000 lives would have been affected.


Hope the ban stays long enough.



  1. Mampi says:

    late but essential step

  2. manju says:

    Good step. But the problem is how to ensure that the safety standards are met.

    In India where fake ration cards and fake university crtificates are easily obtained, fake laboratory certificatees will probably not be difficult to get.

  3. B K CHOWLA says:

    We as a nation are slow in reacting to a situation.Tell me..what has prompted the Govt to do this suddenly when the rest of the world did so long back?Because,all the junk which got accumulated with the manufacturers in China started to find it’s way into India through Nepal and Bangladesh(thanks to corrupt lobbies).The quota ,it seems is now complete.Hello, let us ban imports from China.GREAT.

  4. | Balu | says:

    What is the doubt? They should have definitely, especially diary products and toys. Mobile phones are not so much of an issue as they need to install a software and they will be assigned an IMEI number. From what I heard

  5. Indyeah says:

    der aaye durust aaye as they say..
    this should have been done long back..
    glad that it has happened finally.

  6. Liju Philip says:


    Exactly. But we are always late.

  7. Liju Philip says:

    @Manju, with so much corruption at the bureaucratic level, it would indeed be a miracle for the govt to implement the ban.

    @Chowla, we are so good at locking the stables after all the horses have fled.

    @Balu, fortunately India doesnt import diary products from China. Even countries like Singapore etc have banned their products.

    @Indyeah, yes, better late than never. Hope the govt will at least be proactive the next time.

  8. amit says:

    We should be happy that someone actually *did* it.

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