Import certification: US exempts India
The removal of the requirement was on account of the actions taken by New Delhi under the NSSP with the US.india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 12:36 IST
The US Department of Commerce has announced the removal of import certificate requirement with respect to India and six other nations in eastern Europe.
The decision, announced by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the Commerce Department and notified in the Federal Register recently, means that India is now exempt from the requirement of submitting an import certificate in support of an export or re-export license.
The east European countries, which were also extended the facility, are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
The removal of the requirement for India was on account of the actions taken by New Delhi under the Next Steps in the Strategic Partnership (NSSP) with the United States.
"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 has stated.
Washington had in 2004 made a commitment to review the Import Certificate Requirement for India as a part of the United States-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.
On the other hand, the new facility has been extended to the six east European nations for their membership in the NATO and in multiple export control regimes like the Wassenaar Arrangement, the Australia Group of the MTCT and the Nuclear Suppliers Group.