Apple has temporarily halted its iPad and MacBook imports due to a sudden change in Indian regulations.
Last Thursday, the Indian government introduced a new law that will include the provision that licenses will be required for the import of technology devices. Bloomberg reported that major manufacturers Apple, Samsung, Dell and HP were surprised by the speed of implementation. Unfortunately, there was little warning or explanation as to why this was the case, but it is believed the scheme will help boost production in the region.
The companies are currently negotiating with the New Delhi authorities on how to obtain an import license for their goods. Bloomberg estimates that the requirement will create bottlenecks in the country and delay any new launches by affected companies.
The Indian government’s latest move is believed to have followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to launch a “Make in India” programme.