On 1 September 2017, the Indian ministry of commerce and industry published a notification No. 26/2015-20201 to amend the Policy Condition No. 2 to Chapter 95 of Indian Trade Clarification (Harmonized System) (ITC (HS)), 2017 – Schedule – 1 (Import Policy)2. Per the notification, the import of toys can be permitted freely when accompanied by certain types of certificates. The toys under controlled include but not limited to tricycles, scooters, pedal cars and similar wheeled toys, dolls' carriages, dolls, models and puzzles.
Table. 1 The certificates required for import of toys
A Certificate that the toys being imported conform to the standards prescribed by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)3.
IS 9873:2017 – Safety of Toys: a. Part – 1 Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties b. Part – 2 Flammability c. Part – 3 Migration of certain elements d. Part – 4 Swings, Slides and similar activities Toys for indoor and outdoor family domestic use. e. Part – 7 Requirements and test methods for finger paints. f. Part – 9 Certain phthalates esters in toys and Children’s products.
IS 15644: 2006 – Safety of Electric Toys
A Certificate that the toys being imported conform to the standards prescribed in IS: 9873 Part – 1, Part – 2, Part – 3, Part –4, Part – 7, Part – 9 and IS 15644.
A Certificate of Conformance from the manufacturer that representative sample of the toys being imported have been tested by an independent laboratory which is accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)4and have complied with specifications indicated above.