Export Market Guide - India

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All regulatory information for exporting wine goods to India, including the regulatory environment, duties and taxes, and permitted additives.

Australia’s close proximity to India, in comparison to America and Europe, gives Australian exporters a slight advantage. Not only are there freight cost benefits, but diplomatic relations are fairly strong due to shared beliefs in democracy and common interests such as the Indian Ocean and cricket. 

In March 2006 a Trade and Economic Framework was signed between the Prime Ministers of Australia and India to pave the way for Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Negotiations to conclude a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement between Australia and India were launched in May 2011. There have been eight rounds of negotiations, the most recent of which was held in July 2015.  

Regulatory environment

In 2006 the Government of India constituted a Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) with the objective of consolidating various food laws and establishing a single regulatory agency. The principal laws are the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 and its various regulations published in 2011. The Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages Standards) Regulation 2018 came into force on 21 March 2018, however, enforcement against the standards will start from 1 April 2019. Imported wine must also comply with the Food Safety and Standards (Import) Regulations 2017.

The Legal Metrology Act 2009 and the (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011 are administered by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution. India Customs administer the Customs Act 1962, the Customs Tariff Act 1975, and the Finance Bill 2004.   

Import procedures for the India market

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Duties and taxes for the India market

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Labelling requirements for the India market

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Wine standards for the India market

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