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India awaiting concrete proposal from Apple for manufacturing base: Prabhu

The government had sought investment and job creation details from the iPhone maker to facilitate setting up its manufacturing facility in India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu
Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu

The commerce and industry ministry is awaiting a concrete proposal from maker to set up manufacturing unit in India, said on Monday.

"We are waiting for a good proposal from ..Please give us a concrete proposal. If the proposal comes, we will examine it. We are always open for that," told reporters here.

During a recent meeting with officials, the has asked them for a proposal.

Nick Amman, Director, and Priya Balasubramaniam, Global Vice President, Operations, the last Friday.

The Cupertino-based manufacturer Apple has asked for certain concessions for setting up manufacturing unit in the country.

The government had sought investment and job creation details from the maker to facilitate setting up its in India.

In March, the then had informed the that the government has not accepted most of the demands of the company.

Apple India had sought concessions, including duty exemption on manufacturing and repair units, components, and consumables for manufacturing and service/repair for a period of 15 years.

The company also wants relaxation in the mandated 30 per cent local sourcing of components, besides reduction in customs duties on completely-knocked-down and semi-knocked- down units of devices that are to be assembled in the country.

Apple does not manufacture devices on its own but gets the job done through contract manufacturers. It sells its products through 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

First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 17:48 IST
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