Dated 04th September 2012
REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR IMPORT OF PHOTOGRAPHIC OR CINEMATOGRAPHIC GOODS INTO INDIA IS SPELLED OUT IN ITC (HS), 2012 SCHEDULE 1 – IMPORT POLICY UNDER CHAPTER 37 COVERING PHOTOGRAPHIC OR CINEMATOGRAPHIC GOODS
CHAPTER NOTES OF CHAPTER 37 ARE AS BELOW:
- This Chapter does not cover waste or scrap.
In this Chapter the word “photographic” relates to the process by which visible images are formed, directly or indirectly, by the action of light or other forms of radiation on photosensitive surfaces.
SUPPLEMENTARY NOTE: In this Chapter, the term “Central Board of Film Certification” means the authority established under law in India for the purpose of certifying the films.
IMPORT POLICY CONDITIONS FOR CHAPTER 37:
- The policy for import of cinematograph films and other films (including film on video tape, compact video disc, laser video disc or digital video disc) is subject to the following conditions:
(i) Import of cinematograph feature films and other films (including film on video tape, compact video disc, laser video disc or digital video disc) shall be allowed ‘freely’ without an import licence.
(ii) The importer of the film shall comply with the provisions of all applicable Indian laws governing the distribution and exhibition of films, including the requirement of obtaining a certificate of public exhibition prescribed under the Cinematograph Act, 1952 (details can be accessed from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting website: http://mib.nic.in/).
(iii) Import of any unauthorized/pirated films shall be ‘Prohibited’.
(iv) Import of foreign reprints of Indian films shall not be permitted without the prior permission in writing from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India.
(v) The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, on being satisfied that it is necessary or expedient in public interest to do so, may waive or relax the above requirements.
[As notified by Public Notice No. 64/1997-2002 dated 29.01.2002]
SOURCE: GOVT. OF INDIA, Ministry of Commerce and Industry