Government Amends Foreign Trade Rules; Intelligence Bureau, Raw Can Import On Their Own


Agencies like the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing, Central Bureau of Investigation and specialised units like Special Protection Group and National Security Guard will now be able to import on their own with the government amending rules of foreign trade to allow import exemption in “certain cases”. Till now, such an exemption was permitted for “defence purposes”, said officials.

Under the Foreign Trade (Exemption from application of Rules in certain cases) Amendment order 2017, the director general of foreign trade (DGFT) in a recent order said, “…by the Central government or agencies undertaking owned and controlled by the Central government for defence and security purposes,” revising its earlier position under section 3 (1) (a) which stated, “…by the Central government or agencies undertaking owned and controlled by the Central government for defence purposes.”

Officials said this will allow security agencies to import directly without involving Defence Ministry. “This includes unmanned aerial vehicles, arms, ammunition, surveillance equipment, machinery, bomb disposal suits, helmets/protection, machinery, computer software, night vision equipment, radio communication test sets, practice grenades, among others,” said an official, adding that the Union Home Ministry has recently taken up the matter and sought an intervention of DGFT to fast-track import of security-related items (prototype) for trials. Read More…

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