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Import-Export of Food Products in India

Restriction on Import-Export of Food Products in India

ITC-HS clarifications of import-export of food products in India

Schedule 1 of Indian trade clarification based on harmonized system (itc-hs) deals with the classifications of export & import items and provides for the food items that are prohibited from being imported into India

Import Export
S. No.Exim CodeItem Description
 10208 90 10Other meat and edible meat offal, fresh, chilled or frozen of wild animals
 20209 00 00Pig fat, free of lean meat and poultry fat, not rendered or otherwise extracted, fresh, chilled, frozen, salted, in brine, dried or smoked
 30410 00 10Edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included of wild animals
 40504 00 31Guts of other animals for natural food casings of wild animals
 50504 00 41Guts other than for natural food castings of wild animals
 60504 00 51Bladders & stomachs of wild animals
 70505 10 10Feathers of a kind used for stuffing; down of wild birds
 80505 90 21Other feather (excluding for stuffing purpose): of wild birds
 90505 90 31Powder and waste of feathers or parts of feathers: of wild birds
 100505 90 91Skins and other parts : of wild birds
 110506 10 11Bones, including horn-cores, crushed: of wild animals
 120506 10 21Bone grist :of wild animals
 130506 10 31Ossein :of wild animals
 140506 10 41Bones, horn cones & parts thereof, not crushed:of wild animals
 150506 90 11Bone meal of wild animals
 160506 90 91Other :of wild animals
 170507 10 10Ivory
 180507 10 20Ivory powder and waste
 190510 00 91Ambergris, castoreum, civet and musk; cantharides; bile, whether or not dried; glands of wild animals
 200511 91 10Fish nails  
 210511 91 20Fish tails
 220511 91 30Other fish waste
 230511 99 21Sinews and tendons of wild life
 240511 99 92 frozen semen other than bovine embryo of wild life
 251501 00 00Pig fats (including lard) and poultry fat, other than that of heading 0209 or 1503
 261502 00 10Mutton tallow
 271502 00 20Fats, unrendered (excluding mutton tallow)
 281502 00 30Rendered or solvent extraction fats
 291502 00 90Other fats of bovine animals, sheep or goats, other than those of heading 1503
 301503 00 00Lard stearin, lard oil, oleostearin, oleo-oil and tallow oil, not emulsified or mixed or otherwise prepared
 311504 10 99Other fats and oils and their fractions, of fish or marine mammals, whether or not refined, but not chemically modified
 321504 20 30Sperm oil
 331504 20 90Other fats and oils and their fractions of fish, other than liver oils
 341504 30 00Fats and oils and their fractions of marine mammals
 351506 00 10Neats foot oil and fats from bone or waste
 361506 00 90Other animal fats and oils and their fractions, whether or not refined, but not chemically modified
 371516 10 00Animal fats and oils and their fractions
 381517 10 10 margarine of animal origin
 391517 90 30Imitation lard of animal origin
 401518 00 40Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their fractions, boiled, oxidised, dehydrated, sulphurised, blown, polymerised by heat in vacuum or in inert gas or otherwise chemically modified, excluding those of heading 1516 : inedible mixtures or preparations of animal or vegetable fats or oils of this chapter, not elsewhere specified or included   -other
 411522 00 10Degras
 421522 00 20Soap stocks
 431522 00 90Other
 443507 10 11Microbial rennet: animal rennet
 453507 10 19Other enzymes; prepared enzymes not elsewhere specified or included
46 3507 10 91Animal rennet
 473507 10 99Other animal rennet
 484302 19 40Tiger-cat skins
 494303 10 10 articles of apparel and clothing accessories of wild animals covered under wild life protection act,1972
 504303 90 10 other articles of fur skin  of wild animals covered under wild life protection act,1972

Laws On Import Of Food Products In India

Statutory provisions for import of articles of food

Section 25 of the FSS act, 2006 provides that no person shall import into India –

  1. Any unsafe or misbranded or sub-standard food or food containing extraneous matter;
  2. Any article of food for the import of which a licence is required under any act or rules or regulations, except in accordance with the conditions of the licence; and
  3. Any article of food in contravention of any other provision of this act or of any rule or regulation made thereunder or any other act. The act further provides that the central government shall, while prohibiting, restricting or otherwise regulating import of article of food under the foreign trade (development and regulation) act, 1992, follow the standards laid down by the food authority under the provisions of this act and the rules and regulations made thereunder.

India Specific Labelling Norms- Tricky For Food Importers

Reportedly, the regulations of labelling imposed on imported food products have been a consistent matter of controversy as it was difficult for the food importers to comply with India specific labelling norms such as brown and green dots to separate vegetarian and non-vegetarian items as well as nutritional information, source and product origin.

In November, 2013, the FSSAI had banned several food consignments at ports wherein the authority insisted that pasting of stickers is not allowed. Instead, it wanted details printed on the product pack before they were shipped to India.

As a consequence of the stringent law over 200 tonnes of imported gourmet chocolates from around the world, including brands such as godiva, guylian, lindt and mars, were banned at Indian ports and airports.

Ban On Import Of Certain Food Products In India

In 2011, the FSSAI as a stringent effort towards ensuring safety of food products had banned the import of milk and milk products from China. The import of chocolates and chocolate products and candies/ confectionary / food preparations with milk and milk solids as an ingredient were also included in the ban. The ban was imposed because of contamination of milk and milk products with melamine in china, consumption of which could lead to fatal diseases.

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