In a relief to companies like Dell, HP, Apple, Cisco and Samsung, the government has started clearing Chinese import consignments of these firms in Delhi and Chennai, sources told CNBC-TV18.
The companies had made a representation to the Centre, explaining the nature of imports and had agreed for more checks.
Sources earlier told CNBC-TV18 that top tier importers are being exempt from the 100 percent examination drive. Importers who qualify as AEO-T3, are eligible for these relaxations. Only 11 companies meet the AEO-T3 criteria, they said.
Importers and Exporters are classified as AEO-T1, AEO-T2 and AEO-T3, where T3 represents the highest level of compliance on legal, safety, and security parameters.
The Apple, Dell, HP and Cisco consignments were getting cleared in phases at various ports. Products of US companies like Apple, Cisco and Dell were caught up in the India-China border tensions as Chinese imports were held at Indian ports, reports said earlier. Customs officers had reportedly held back containers from China and sought additional clearance.
Apple has been looking to reduce its reliance on China and wants to export mobile handsets worth $40 billion from India in the next five years. Apple, like most other brands, does not manufacture its own handsets and instead, sources them from contract manufacturers.
Two of Apple’s Taiwanese contract manufacturers - Foxconn and Wistron - have already submitted their applications under the Production-Linked-Incentive (PLI) scheme.
However, South Korean giant, Samsung, which plans to manufacture and export handsets worth $20 billion from India in the next five years has yet to submit its PLI application. Given that Apple and Samsung control almost 35 percent of the world’s mobile handset market, their investments in India have the potential to change the mobile handset manufacturing landscape in the country.