F. No. 450/142/2008-Cus.IV

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Excise & Customs


159A, North Block, New Delhi.

27th January, 2009.


  Subject:   Ban on import of toys from China by DGFT – reg.              


Sir / Madam,


            Kindly refer to the DGFT’s Notification No.82(RE-2008)/2004-09 dated 23.01.2009 wherein the Schedule - I (Imports) of the ITC(HS) Classification of Export and Import Items, 2004-09 has been amended as follows:


“(1)      Import of ‘Toys’ from China appearing under ITC Codes 9501, 9502, 9503 of Schedule – I of ITC(HS) Classifications of Export and Import Items is prohibited for six months with immediate effect and until further orders.”


2.         Further, it is reiterated that in the context of greater concerns about sub-standard toys containing toxic and poisonous material being imported into the country, the Board had issued instructions vide circular No.21/2008-Customs dated 18.12.2008 providing for stringent measures such as absolute confiscation along with necessary penal action against the importer for non-compliance with the existing legal provisions as applicable on import of such toys. 


3.         In view of the above, you are requested to take further necessary action in the matter accordingly.


Yours faithfully,  


(M.M. Parthiban)

Director (Customs)