On October 7, 2020, the Office of the Commissioner of Customs has issued a document related to the Standard Operating Procedure for drawl of samples and surveillance by BIS Officers at Ports of Entry.

Accordingly, when goods with BIS certification arrive at the port, the procedure does not stop at checking documents and customs clearance but will have to go through an inspection and sampling process. The consignment will be checked bonded with criteria of the label; product shelf-life; the scope of license; MTC in accordance with Indian Standards. Customs officers will then take any sample as per BIS Guideline/Product Manual/Indian Standard from the shipment for testing. The sealed and labeled Sample shall be kept at the port after masking the Licence number/Name of Licensee etc. wherever possible, under the jurisdiction of the BIS Port officer till receipt of the test request and other details from FMCD.

When the test result is available, the goods will be cleared through customs if the result meets the requirements and conforms to the quality and specifications shown on the certificate. In case of unsatisfactory results, the importer may request to retest, if both tests fail, the importer must re-export the goods from the above country. This may also affect the validity of the BIS Certification.

The issuance of this document may stem from objective reasons that enterprises cannot maintain the quality of their goods when importing even though having BIS certification. The subjective reason is assessed as the Indian agencies do not have comprehensive control over the imported goods and may have missed products that do not meet the quality of domestic circulation. In addition, in February this year, India was recognized by the World Population Report Research Organization as the 5th economy in the world. Also because this makes India become more strict in each procedure, ensuring the match with the recognized title. However, perhaps the ultimate goal that the Indian Agency wants to aim for is to provide end-users with quality, safe and reliable products.

Therefore, in order to strengthen the trust of Indian agencies and also to improve the reputation and quality of their goods, businesses need to be more careful in the production process, to avoid any minor defects and ensure high-quality supplies. And from here, it is also more secure when exporting to India in particular and any market that requires a Certificate of product quality in general.

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