Drop 10% Tariff on Camera Imports: Camera Associations to India

 

In a significant development, the Camera & Imaging Industry Associations have requested the Government of India to remove unnecessary tariffs on the import of digital cameras. If this press release does get a positive response from the government, it could mean photographic equipment getting a lot less expensive in the country. Over the past few years, some manufacturers have started being competitive in terms of their Indian pricing, but they have largely done this by cutting their own margins. Also, all companies haven’t done the same, which is why, for certain products, people prefer to buy the camera from abroad.

With relation to the same, the Associations released a statement about the existing product coverage under the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which was constituted in 1996. The Association has released its full support to the APEC, who in their statement emphasised on the importance of the WTO negotiations for the ITA to be reviewed.

According to the WTO “The ITA provides for participants to completely eliminate duties on IT products covered by the Agreement.”

Currently the ITA does not support interchangeable lenses for digital cameras despite the rapid advancement in technology in the last two decades. The statement released by the Camera and Imaging Industry Associations and the APEC call for theexpansion  of the product list under the ITA, which would mean including lenses in it. This would result in the easier trade of these products around the world.

Also, the Associations further said that with relation to India, digital cameras were duty-free. But, in March 2014, the Government of India imposed a 10: import tariff on digital cameras, without releasing any official reason. While many associations sent petitions, the situation has not been resolved. The Associations have requested the Government to remove this tariff and not impose any unjustified and restrictive administrative measures that may interfere with the WTO sanctioned ITA. India is currently the only member under the ITA to impose such a tariff.

The statement was signed by the following associations: Asociacia Dovozcov Audiovizualnej Techniky (ADAT, Slovakia), Associacao Empresarial das Sectores Electrico, Electrodomestico, Fotografico e Electronico (AGEFE, Portugal), Associazione Italiana Foto & Digital Imaging (AIF, Italy), Asociatia Producatorilor si Distribuitorilor de Echipamente de Technologia Informatiei si comunicatiilor (APDETIC, Romania), Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA, Japan), Elektroniikan Tukkukauppiaat ry (ETK ry, Finland), Fotobranchens Leverandorforening (Denmark), IT Association of Slovakia (ITAS, Slovakia), Photographic Arts Federation of Turkey (PAFT, Turkey), Photoindustie-Verband e.V. (PIV, Germany), Photo Marketing Association International (PMA, UK), Photo Marketing Association International (PMA, USA), Greek Manufacturers, Distributors & Dealers of Photo Products and Image Systems Association (SEKAF, Greece), Sindycat des Enterprises de L’image de la Photo et de la Communication (SIPEC, France)

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