India bans import of ACs with refrigerants

New Delhi: India will no longer be able to import air conditioners (ACs) with refrigerants, as the government on Thursday banned their imports — a move that comes in the midst of India’s campaign to be self-reliant by promoting domestic manufacturing of such goods.

"Import policy of air conditioners with refrigerants … is amended from free to prohibited", the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification.

Non-essential electronic goods have been under the purview of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry since the government decided to push for self reliance in various sectors. Air conditioners, specifically, have been singled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an example of a segment where self-reliance was required. Asianet Online