India’s tight control of quality clearances for electronic products from China has slowed down the import of Apple’s new iPhone model a month ago and holds different items made by companies like Xiaomi, as reported by two industry sources.
Xiaomi and Apple become the most recent victims of the ongoing tensions between India and China. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has been impeding the import of cell phones since August, as indicated by Reuters.
The BIS is a quality control organization set-up by the Indian government that significantly processes import applications within 15 days. Notwithstanding, according to the latest information, application approvals are currently taking two months or more.
At the point when Apple’s new iPhone 12 was trapped in the delays, Apple India chiefs approached BIS to speed its approvals, giving assurances that the organization would keep on growing its assembly line in India, the two sources said.
It’s still unclear how long the iPhone 12 application was delayed, and Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment. As of Wednesday, 1,080 applications to BIS for PCs, tablets, and different gadgets were awaited, with 669 of those which need more than 20 days, as indicated by the organization’s website.
These included applications for products from China-based processing plants of Wistron and Compal Electronics, and from Hangzhou Hikvision, the information showed.
The clearance delays are the most recent hurdle for technology organizations whose supply chains were hit by the COVID-19 curbs, moving some phone producers to resort to imports of even models made in India. These delays additionally come during India’s festive season when customers make high-range purchases of everything from phones to gold and vehicles.
Additionally, The BIS delays have hit smartwatch imports for companies including Xiaomi and Oppo, the two sources said.