Apple has asked the Indian government to relax labelling laws for its products. With the intention of planting its products in India, the tech company seeks the government to concede labelling the product related information in iPhone’s packaging or somewhere in iOS.
According to a report from The Economic Times relaxation from labelling rules is one of the concessions Apple has sought from the government to avoid printing information on its devices.
The request from the Cupertino giant which was made to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) initially, the recommendation from DIPP has now been forwarded to the Department of Revenue and Department of Electronics and Information Technology.
Amongst several incentives which include lax labeling laws, Apple has also asked for the tax incentives for its manufacturing plans in the country. These incentives are being currently revised by the finance ministry.
As Apple.Inc, has been selling its units in India through authorized resellers, the company’s prolonged struggle to open retail stores in the country might brim some light by next year.
The report also claims that the proposal Apple.Inc, laid forward earlier to set up wholly owned outlets in the country was rejected by the finance ministry. As the law in India requires companies to manufacture at least 30% of their products within the country before opening a single-brand store under the rule of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Apple.Inc had sought exemption from this norm. The exemption was based on the grounds that it was bringing “state-of-art” and “cutting-edge-technology” making it difficult to meet the resources.
Initially, a report surfaced saying that the company might be able to circumvent that requirement, but a new report now reveals that the company is planning to work with Foxconn to establish manufacturing plants in India.
Although China is believed to be the company’s major market in the future, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook in its recent visit claimed India to be the next big market for rooting iPhone’s presence in the country for several years.