New Delhi. The government on Thursday banned the import of color television . The move aims to boost domestic manufacturing of television and reduce imports of non-essential items from countries such as China. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification, "The import policy of color television has been changed from free to restricted". This import ban is available with colorful television sets with screen sizes ranging from 36 centimeters to 105 centimeters. LCD television sets with screen sizes less than 63 cm are also under the ban category. To put any goods in the category of restricted imports means that the importer of the said goods will have to get a license from the DGFT of the Ministry of Commerce for import.
Major countries exporting TV to India include China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and Germany. India imported color TVs worth $ 781 million in 2019-20. Imports from Vietnam and China stood at $ 42.8 million and $ 293 million respectively in the last financial year. Panasonic India President and CEO Manish Sharma responded by saying that now consumers will be able to get high quality assembled TV sets.