Bloomberg Tax
Aug. 9, 2023, 9:00 PM

India’s New PC Import Rules Smell Like Desperation: Tim Culpan

Tim Culpan
Bloomberg Editorial

India’s sudden decision to restrict the import of computers and tablets looks more like bureaucratic desperation rather than a well-considered industrial policy. The move a day later to push back implementation until November only adds to the sense that New Delhi is making things up as it goes along.

The government’s Aug. 3 announcement means businesses will need an import license to bring items like laptops into the country — a sign that earlier incentives designed to increase domestic production had failed to gain traction. Specifically, a 169 billion rupee ($2 billion) plan to hand cash back to makers of computer equipment doesn’t seem to be garnering ...

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