Government of India
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
Department of Commerce
Notification No19 /2015-2020
New Delhi, Dated: 04 September, 2015
Subject: Amendment of General Notes No.10 regarding Import Policy.
S.O.(E) In exercise of powers conferred by Section 3 of FT (D&R) Act, 1992,
read with paragraph 1.02 and 2.01 of the Foreign Trade Policy, 2015-2020, as
amended from time to time,the Central Government hereby amends the General Note
10 Regarding Import Policy under ITC (HS), 2012 – Schedule – 1 (Import Policy).
The amended General Note 10 shall read as under:
2. Heading: Textile and Textile Articles Containing Hazardous Dyes:
I. Import of textile and textile articles is permitted subject to the condition
that they shall not contain any of the hazardous dyes whose handling,
production, carriage or use is prohibited by the Government of India under the
provisions of clause (d) of subsection (2) of Section 6 of the Environment
(Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986) read with the relevant rule(s) framed
thereunder. For this purpose, the import consignments shall be accompanied by a
pre-shipment certificate from a textile testing laboratory accredited to the
National Accreditation Agency of the Country of Origin. The details of
Accredited Agencies are available in:
II. In cases where such certificates are not available, the consignment will be
cleared after getting a sample of the imported consignment tested & certified
from any of the agencies
(i) Textiles Committee of Ministry of Textiles
(http://textilescommittee.nic.in/) and its various testing facilities,
(ii) Central Silk Technological Research Institute (CSRTI) (located at Bangluru,
Karnataka) and Eco Testing Laboratory Central Silk Technological Research
Institute (located at Bhagalpur, Bihar, and Varanasi Uttar Pradesh); of the
Central Silk Board (the details can be accessed from the website of the Central
Silk Board: http://csb.gov.in). The sampling will be based on the following
a. At least 25% of samples are drawn for testing instead of 100%.
b. While drawing the samples, it will be ensured by Customs that majority
samples are drawn from consignments originating from countries where there is no
legal prohibition on the use of harmful hazardous Dyes.
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c. The test report will be valid for a period of six months in cases where the
textile/textile articles of the same specification/quality are imported and the
importer, supplier and the country of origin are the same.
III. However, the above procedure at 2. I and II, regarding testing of Textiles
and Textile Articles for presence of Azo Dyes, will not be applicable for
imports originating from the countries as listed in Appendix-2X, where the use
of Azo Dyes in Textiles and Textile Articles is banned.
3. Effect of this notification: Textiles and Textile Articles originating from
specific countries as in para 2.III above are exempted from testing of samples
for presence of Azo Dyes.
Director General of Foreign Trade
(Issued from F.No. 01/89/180/Misc.39/AM05/PC-2A)