What is an Import License?
If you're an importer of pre-packaged products and want to distribute or sell them in your domestic market, then you need oversight from some Metrology Department, which oversees the import quality of the product. The Legal Metrology Department of India provides oversight by issuing the requisite LMPC Certificate or Import License Certificate.
Here, LMPC stands for Legal Metrology Packaged Commodities. After fulfilling the Import License requirements, the LMPC Authority will issue the required certification if the applicant applies for the Import License within 90 days of starting the import.
When can one apply for the Import License registration?
Any applicant can apply for such registration within 90 days from the date of the commencement of the Importer’s business.
Licensed Importer’s Compliance with the LMPC Rules
Every such Importer’s applicant must comply with the LMPC rules before the requisite goods are imported into the country. Under such LM regulations, the Importer must ensure that mandatory declarations are made on these pre-packed and imported commodities.
Pre-packaged & Imported Commodity Declaration Details
As per the pre-packaged commodity rules, the Importer must comply with the mandatory declaration, such as the following:
The scope of such declarations must be made on these imported commodities. But such details vary from product to product. For instance, Declarations made on imported food products are different from the declarations made on imported non-edible items.
Why is Importer License registration necessary?
Every Importer of pre-packed commodities must obtain the requisite LMPC Certificate before embarking on the import business. It is because the Custom Authorities stop the clearance of goods for want of the requisite Importer’s certificate from the LMD, i.e., the Department of Legal Metrology. Such events can panic the Importer. To save yourselves from the trouble, connect with the Legal Metrology experts at the Registrationwala and get your Importer’s License asap.
Registration of a Company as an Importer of weighing and measuring instruments must be done as per the Legal Metrology regulations. For such purposes, the Government has devised a systematic procedure for registering the Businesses under Legal Metrology terms.
Eligible Entities for LMPC registration of Importers
We have enlisted you some of the eligible entities who can apply for the Importer License registration under the Department of Legal Metrology:
Import License Requirements for Documentation
Every eligible applicant for the Import License must compile the following documents to supplement their application with the Department of Legal Metrology.
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Import License Procedure
The applicant must file the Importer’s application as per Rule 15 of the Legal Metrology Rules of 2011. It defines the required registration procedure. For fee-related issues, refer to the 12th Schedule of the LMA act. We have jotted down the application format as prescribed in the application as per the 10th Schedule of the LMPC Rules.
Firstly, The applicant must file the application in the following forms as per their needs:
Vital documents must accompany the submission.
Application Verification & Premise Inspection
Then, the applicant must submit the application form along with the documents to the LMD. The Local Inspector will verify the submitted documents. Thereafter, he will conduct an inspection of the applicant’s premises. Finally, he will prepare and submit a Report to the Controller of the LM Licensing Authority.
Grant of Import License
Once verification and inspection are complete, the applicant must pay the required registration fee. At last, the LMD will grant you the Importer License.
Any of the following entities that imports any commodity for sale, distribution or delivery must make the requisite application for Importer's registration:
A fee of Rs. 5000 must accompany the application. The fee must be payable to the Director or the Controller for the Importer Registration. The application must be made in its name, along with the complete Address.
Every Import Licensee must make the registration application in each of the following scenarios:
Content of the Importer License Application
Every Importer Application must contain the following particulars:
In these rules, Complete Address has the same meaning assigned to it in explaining LMPC rules.
Alteration of the Importer Registration Certificate
For any alteration in the Importer registration certificate, the concerned Importer must pay a fee of rupees one hundred to the Director or Controller. On receipt of the application, the Director, as the Registering Authority, must do in the following scenarios:
What to do if an Importer wants to shorten his Address?
The Department of Legal Metrology makes it lawful for any Importer to make an application to the Director/Controller for a shorter address registration. It can be in addition to the complete Address, as per the LMPC rules. The Director/Controller can register for such Shorter Address if satisfied after inquiry that the Address is sufficient to enable the consumer to identify the Importer.
If the Controller registers a shorter address, the LMPC dictates the Importer to state the shorter Address on the commodity's label pre-packed by him.
Register of Importers
The Controller of the Legal Metrology Department can enter in a register, maintained by him, the name and official Address of each Importer by whom such registration application has been made. The Register of Importers must be open to inspection by the public without any fee payment.