U.S. exempts India from import certification

By agencies   |   Friday, 20 January 2006, 08:00 Hrs
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WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Commerce has removed India from import certificate requirement.

The announcement by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the Commerce Department and notified in the Federal Register exempts India from submitting an import certificate in support of an export or re-export license.

India’s exemption was on account of the actions taken by New Delhi under the Next Steps in the Strategic Partnership (NSSP) with the U.S.

"In light of the actions taken by the Government of India with regard to controlled goods or technologies it imports from the United States pursuant to the US-India Next Steps in Strategic Partnership, this rule removes the Import Certificate requirement for exports to Indian Government entities" the BIS stated.

Washington had in 2004 made a commitment to review the Import Certificate Requirement for India as a part of the U.S.-India High Technology Group discussions. In the course of the discussions about the barriers to high tech trade, the import certificate requirement was identified as a non-tariff barrier to expanded trade.

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