India import hurdles hit Apple iPhone, Xiaomi devices from China, say sources

By Sankalp Phartiyal and Aditya Kalra



logo: FILE PHOTO: The Apple logo is displayed at an event at their headquarters in Cupertino


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FILE PHOTO: The Apple logo is displayed at an event at their headquarters in Cupertino

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s tight control of quality clearances for electronic goods from China slowed the import of Apple’s new iPhone model last month and held up other products made by companies like Xiaomi, according to two industry sources.



a man standing in front of a sign: FILE PHOTO: Attendants are silhouetted in front of Xiaomi's logo in Beijing


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FILE PHOTO: Attendants are silhouetted in front of Xiaomi’s logo in Beijing

Applications to the quality control agency, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), typically used to be processed within 15 days, but some are now taking up to two months or longer.

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BIS started delaying approvals in August for China-made imports of devices like smartphones, smartwatches and laptops, part of the fallout from deteriorating ties with China after a border clash in June that left 20 Indian soldiers dead.

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FILE PHOTO: Cathay Pacific employees, wearing masks against COVID-19, are seen behind counters with glass dividers at Hong Kong International Airport, China October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Lam Yik

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(Please note paragraph four contains language some readers might find offensive)

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Powered by user-created games, Roblox is on course for a multibillion-dollar stock market debut before year end, riding the lockdown entertainment boom with its appeal as a place for safe fun and interactions for the youngest gamers.

But parenting groups and investors alike said they were concerned about whether the company’s automated systems to moderate content can effectively delete potentially offensive language and images that pop up on the platform.

Simple Google keyword searches of its site – conducted twice by Reuters

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