Budget 2020: Good news coming soon from Modi government for mobile phone buyers?
Are you planning to buy a mobile phone? Here is good news for you!
Are you planning to buy a mobile phone? Here is good news for you! According to the latest development, the government is unlikely to increase the basic customs duty on import of mobile handsets from 20 per cent in the upcoming budget, news agency IANS report quoting sources.
Import of mobile phones: What data says
The import of mobile phones (push button types) decreased to $400 million in 2018-19 from $935 million in 2019-18. Smartphone imports have also fallen from $2,602 million in 2017-18 to $1,216 million in 2018-19.
Production of mobile handsets
The production of mobile handsets has gone up from Rs 18,900 crore (six crore units) in 2014-15 to Rs 1,70,000 crore (29 crore units) in 2018-19, as per the commerce ministry figures.
Almost all foreign mobile phone makers -- Vivo, Oppo, Nokia, Samsung and Xiaomi -- have set up units in India and are manufacturing handsets and not just assembling.
Apple iPhone XR: Make in India
According to Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Apple Inc, world'a largest and most advanced telecom tech firm, has started making its latest iPhone XR in India and is also expanding operations.
Budget 2018-19: What happened to basic customs duty?
In the budget 2018-19, the basic customs duty was increased from 15 per cent to 20 per cent on cellular handsets.
Handset makers three years ago had suggested imposition of duties to thwart imports of electronic products, beginning from mobile phones to its components to help build local capacities to generate volumes and exports.
The government thus imposed basic customs duty of up to 15 per cent on imports of more than half a dozen components and 20 per cent duty on fully-made phones.
In the last few years, the tariff structure has been rationalised to promote domestic manufacturing of electronic goods, including cellular handsets. Specified capital goods for manufacture of mobile handsets are permitted for import at the zero duty.
To promote domestic value addition in mobile handsets and their sub-assemblies/parts manufacturing, a phased manufacturing programme was notified. As a result, India rapidly started attracting investments into this sector and significant manufacturing capacities have been created during the past four years, IANS reported.
100 per cent FDI
The government has permitted 100 per cent FDI for manufacture of mobile handsets and their sub-assemblies/parts. The manufacturing of handsets and their parts/components has been steadily moving from semi-knocked down to completely knocked down level, thus increasing the domestic value-addition.