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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 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) Regulations 2018 came into force on 21 March 2018 with enforcement of the standard from 1 April 2019. The Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations 2020 came into force on 17 November 2021. 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. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs administers the Customs Act 1962, the Customs Tariff Act 1975 and the Finance Bill 2004.

The Australia–India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI ECTA)

On 2 April 2022, the Australian and Indian Governments signed the Australia–India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI ECTA). When the AI ECTA enters into force, preferential tariff treatment will be afforded to premium Australian wine imported to India, making Australia the first major wine producing country to negotiate such arrangements. In accordance with the AI ECTA, tariffs on Australian wine with a cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value of over US$5 per 750ml bottle will decrease to 100 per cent upon entry into force, with a further phased reduction of 5 per cent per year for 10 years down to 50 per cent. Tariffs on Australian wine with a CIF value of over US$15 per 750ml bottle will decrease to 75 per cent upon entry into force, with a further phased reduction of 5 per cent per year for 10 years down to 25 per cent. The AI-ECTA is expected to be ratified by Australia during the second half of 2022.
 


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Labelling requirements for the India market

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Wine standards for the India market

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This content is restricted to wine exporters and levy-payers. Some reports are available for purchase to non-levy payers/exporters.

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This content is restricted to wine exporters and levy-payers. Some reports are available for purchase to non-levy payers/exporters.