Prohibited Items for Import in India

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Prohibited Items for Import in India

Each year billions worth of products are imported into India through air, sea and road from a number of countries. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade controls all import and export into India and Importer Exporter Code (IEC) from the DGFT is required for all importers or exporters. DGFT has published a list of prohibited items for import in India. Items on this list cannot be imported into India under any circumstance. It is therefore important for all those involved in import-export business to be aware of this list.

List of items prohibited for import into India:

  1. Other meat and edible meat offal, fresh, chilled or frozen of wild animals.
  2. Pig fat, free of lean meat and poultry fat, not rendered or otherwise extracted, fresh, chilled, frozen, salted, in brine, dried or smoked.
  3. Edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included of Wild animals.
  4. Guts of other animals for natural food casings of wild animals.
  5. Guts other than for natural food castings of wild animals.
  6. Bladders & stomachs of Wild animals.
  7. Feathers of a kind used for stuffing; down of wild birds.
  8. Other feathers (excluding for stuffing purpose): of wild birds.
  9. Powder and waste of feathers or parts of feathers: of wild birds.
  10. Skins and other parts: of wild birds.
  11. Bones, including horn-cores, crushed: of wild animals.
  12. Bone grist: of wild animals.
  13. Ossein: of wild animals.
  14. Bones, horn cones & parts thereof, not crushed: of wild animals.
  15. Bone meal of wild animals.
  16. Other: of wild animals Not permitted to be imported.
  17. Ivory.
  18. Ivory powder and waste.
  19. Ambergris, castoreum, civet and musk; cantharides; bile, whether or not dried; glands of wild animals.
  20. Fish nails.
  21. Fishtails.
  22. Other fish waste.
  23. Sinews and tendons of wildlife.
  24. Frozen semen other than the bovine embryo of wildlife.
  25. Pig Fats (including Lard) and Poultry fat, other than that of Heading 0209 or 1503.
  26. Mutton Tallow.
  27. Fats, unrendered (excluding Mutton Tallow).
  28. Rendered or solvent extraction fats.
  29. Other Fats of Bovine animals, Sheep or Goats, other than those of Heading 1503.
  30. Lard Stearin, Lard Oil, Oleostearin, Oleo-Oil and Tallow Oil, not emulsified or mixed or otherwise prepared.
  31. Other Fats and Oils and their fractions, of fish or marine mammals, whether or not refined, but not chemically modified.
  32. Sperm Oil Not.
  33. Other fats and oils and their fractions of fish, other than liver oils.
  34. Fats and Oils and their fractions of marine mammals.
  35. Neats Foot oil and fats from bone or waste.
  36. Other animal fats and oils and their fractions, whether or not refined, but not chemically modified.
  37. Animal fats and oils and their fractions.
  38. Margarine of Animal Origin.
  39. Imitation lard of animal origin.
  40. Animal or Vegetable fats and oils and their fractions, boiled, oxidised, dehydrated, sulphurised, blown, polymerised by heat in vacuum or in inert gas or otherwise chemically modified, excluding those of heading 1516.
  41. Inedible mixtures or preparations of animal or vegetable fats or oils.
  42. Degras.
  43. Soap Stocks.
  44. Microbial rennet: Animal rennet.
  45. Other enzymes; prepared enzymes not elsewhere specified or included.
  46. Animal rennet.
  47. Other animal rennet.
  48. Tiger-Cat skins.
  49. Articles of apparel and clothing accessories of wild animals covered under the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972.
  50. Other articles of fur skin of wild animals covered under Wild Life Protection Act, 1972.
  51. Telephone sets, including telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks; other apparatus for the transmission or reception of voice, images or other data, including apparatus for communication in a wired or wireless network (such as a local or wide area network), other than transmission or reception apparatus of heading 8443, 8525, 8527 or 8528. (i) Import of ‘Mobile Handsets’ (classified under ITC (HS) Code ‘8517’) without International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) No. or with all Zeroes IMEI is prohibited.
  52. Import of ‘CDMA mobile phones’ (classified under ITC (HS) Code ‘8517’) without Electronic Serial Number (ESN) / Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID) or with all Zeroes as ESN / MEID is prohibited.
  53. Worked ivory and articles of ivory Not permitted to be imported.

Note: This list is based on the Schedule 1 of ITC(HS) Classifications of Export & Import Items and updated as on 14th August 2015 which is also available in the below link. Prior to importing of goods into India, importers are requested to verify the most current list of items prohibited for import into India prior to importing on the DGFT website.


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