Another Blow To Made-In-China Products: India Bans Toy Imports If They Fail Compulsory BIS Quality Norms

Another Blow To Made-In-China Products: India Bans Toy Imports If They Fail Compulsory BIS Quality NormsCheap Chinese toys have for long flooded the Indian market. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

The imported toy business in India, largely dominated by the Chinese toy market had suffered a setback earlier this year when the import duty rose to 60 per cent.

With PM Narendra Modi's focused call on Aatmanirbhar Bharat and the pitch for promoting India-made children's toys, a new move is set to throttle the Chinese toy industry in India.

The share of Chinese toys in the Indian toy market is said to be 75 per cent.

New concerns for the industry have propped up with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) introducing new norms for the import of toys, "those imported for use by children below 14 years", among mandatory norms on quality for various imported goods.

Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said last month that imported toys will be allowed to "enter India only after complying with the mandatory quality norms from September 1 onwards."

He added: "The mandatory quality control standard (QCS) for toys will be implemented from September 1 onwards. BIS staff will be deployed at major ports to take the sample and test the product for quality."

In this article, Swarajya has written about why it is important for India to stop the use of Chinese children's toys and why it is essential to trash the toxic "Made in China" toys that are imported and sold in India.