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Govt considering Apple's concessions proposal to help set up mfg unit

Apple is eyeing India as it is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 


The government is considering iphone maker Apple's proposal for setting up in India, Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam said today.

Cupertino-based iPhone and iPad manufacturer has sought certain concessions for setting up in the country.

"We would like to come in India (for setting up manufacturing unit) and we are examining Apple's proposal," said the Minister of State for Electronics and IT on the sidelines of an event organised by industry body CII.

The company had sought concessions, including duty exemption on manufacturing and repair units, components, capital equipment and consumables for smartphone manufacturing and service/repair for a period of 15 years.

The technology major had also asked for relaxation in the mandated 30 per cent of components besides reduction in custom duties on completely-knocked-down and semi-knocked-down units of devices that are to be assembled in the country.

is eyeing India as it is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world. The company is looking to set up a local in India to cut costs.

Apple, however, does not manufacture devices on its own but gets the job done through contract manufacturers.

It sells its products through company-owned retail stores in countries like China, Germany, the US, the UK and France, among others.

It has no wholly-owned store in India and sells its products through distributors such as Redington and Ingram Micro.

About 90 phone companies are currently manufacturing handsets in the country.

In March, the then Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had informed Rajya Sabha that the government has not accepted 'most of the demands' of which wants to set up in India.

First Published: Tue, October 10 2017. 13:26 IST