Amid tensions with China, India warns Amazon, Flipkart over nation of origin rule

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By: Reuters | Mumbai |

October 18, 2020 11:11:14 am





Amazon and Flipkart have been requested to reply based on a letter addressed on October 16

The Indian authorities has warned Amazon.com’s native unit and Walmart’s Flipkart that sellers on their platforms usually are not complying with a rule requiring {that a} product’s nation of origin be specified.

A push for strict enforcement of the rule has come amid tensions between India and China following a border skirmish which started in June, and is a part of India’s efforts to chop down on Chinese language-made imports.

The 2 e-commerce corporations have been given 15 days to elucidate the lapses or motion shall be taken in opposition to them, based on an October 16 letter addressed to the businesses from the Ministry of Client Affairs and seen by Reuters.

It didn’t specify what motion could also be taken, referring solely to a authorized act that has provisions for fines.

Representatives for Amazon and Flipkart didn’t instantly reply to Reuters requests in search of remark exterior common enterprise hours.

Along with implementing the nation of origin rule, New Delhi has additionally banned 177 Chinese language cellular purposes since June whereas Chinese language items in ports have confronted additional scrutiny and delays.

Amazon has typically confronted regulatory challenges in India. Final 12 months, the federal government enforced strict guidelines for overseas funding in e-commerce which pressured the U.S. retail big to remodel its enterprise constructions and strained ties between New Delhi and Washington.

In January, the Competitors Fee of India ordered an investigation into Amazon and Flipkart over alleged violations of competitors regulation and sure discounting practices, which Amazon is difficult, based on courtroom filings.

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