Alerts & Updates 3rd Oct 2023

BIS Update on new QCO’s on Agro Textiles, Aluminium and Aluminium Alloy Products

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Sanjay Notani Partner | Mumbai
Naghm Ghei Principal Associate | Delhi NCR
Mitul Kaushal Consultant | Delhi NCR

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  • Dear Reader,

    We are writing to you with an important update regarding mandatory registration requirements applicable to the manufacture and import of Agro Textiles, Aluminium and Aluminium Alloy Products into India.

    Background The Government of India has on September 27, 2023, notified new Quality Control Orders for Agro Textiles, Aluminium and Aluminium Alloy Products. Producers of this product will now have to obtain BIS certification for their products. The relevant order for Agro Textiles is available here. The same is available for Aluminium and Aluminium Alloy Products here.
    Products concerned The Agro Textiles (Quality Control) Order, 2023 covers the following products:

    Product IS Number Title of Indian Standard
    Crop Cover and Fruit Skirting Bags IS 16718 : 2021 Textiles— Polypropylene Spun Bonded Non—Woven Crop Cover and Fruit Skirting Bags for Agriculture and Horticulture Applications—Specification
    Insect nets IS 16513 : 2016 Agro Textiles— Insect nets for Agriculture and Horticulture purpose— Specification
    Woven Ground covers for Horticulture IS 16202 : 2014 Agro Textiles— Woven Ground covers for Horticulture Application— Specification
    Jute Mat IS 17070 : 2019 Jute Agro textiles for Growth of Plants and Suppression of Weeds Specification
    Vermiculture beds IS 15907 : 2010 Agro Textiles— High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) woven beds for vermiculture— Specification
    Sapling bags IS 16089 : 2013 Jute Agro—textiles — Sapling bags for growth of seedling /sapling— Specification
    HDPE Laminated Woven Flat lay tube for irrigation IS 16190 : 2014 Agro Textiles — High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) laminated woven lay flat tube for irrigation purpose— Specification
    Nylon Knitted seamless gloves IS 16390 : 2015 Agro Textiles— Nylon Knitted seamless gloves for tobacco harvesters— Specification
    HDPE Laminated Woven Flat lay tube for drip irrigation IS 16627 : 2017 Agro Textiles – High density polyethylene (HDPE) laminated woven lay flat tube for use in mains and submains of drip irrigation system— specification
    Non – Woven mulch mat IS 17355 : 2020 Agro Textiles — Propylene Spun bonded non—woven mulch mat for agriculture and horticulture applications— specification
    Windshield nets IS 17356 : 2020 Agro Textiles— Windshield nets for agriculture and horticulture purpose— specification
    Harvest nets IS 17357 : 2020 Agro Textiles— Harvest nets for agriculture and horticulture purposes — specification
    Fencing nets (extruded polymer) IS 17358 (Part 1) : 2020 Agro textiles — Fencing nets for agriculture and horticulture purposes — Specification Part 1 Fencing nets made from extruded polymer mesh
    Fencing nets (mono filament and tape yarn) IS 17358 (Part 2) : 2020 Agro textiles — Fencing nets for agriculture and horticulture purposes — Specification Part 2 Fencing nets made from mono filament yarns and combination of tape and mono filament yarns
    Plant Support Nets IS 17513 : 2020 Agro Textiles — Plant Support Nets for Agriculture and Horticulture Purposes — Specification
    Flat Lay Tube for rain irrigation system IS 17728 : 2021 Agro Textiles — High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Laminated Woven Lay Flat Tube and Fittings for use in Rain Irrigation System — Specification
    Flexible Water Storage Tank IS 17729 : 2021 Agro—Textiles Flexible Water Storage Tank for Agriculture and Horticulture Purposes Specification
    Hail Protection Nets (Knitted) IS 17730 (Part 1) : 2021 Agro—Textiles – Hail Protection Nets for Agriculture and Horticulture Purposes Specification Part 1 Warp Knitted Hail Protection Nets
    Hail Protection Nets (woven) IS 17730 (Part 2) : 2021 Agro—Textiles – Hail Protection Nets for Agriculture and Horticulture Purposes Specification Part 2 Woven Hail Protection Nets
    Orchard Protection Covers IS 17731 : 2021 Agro—Textiles – Laminated Woven Orchard Protection Covers – Specification

    The Agro Textiles (Quality Control) Order, 2023 will come into force on April 1, 2024.

    The Aluminium and Aluminium Alloy Products (Quality Control) Order, 2023 covers the following products:

    Product IS Number Title of Indian Standard
    Aluminium
    and Aluminium
    Alloy Products
    7092 (Part 1):1992 Aluminium alloy tubes for irrigation purposes – welded tubes
    7092 (Part 2):1987 Aluminium alloy tube for irrigation purposes – extruded tube
    5484:1997 EC Grade Aluminium Rod produced by Continuous Casting and Rolling
    733:1983 Wrought aluminium and aluminium alloy bars, rods and sections (For General Engineering Purposes)
    734:1975 Wrought aluminium and aluminium alloys, forging

    stock and forgings for general engineering purposes

    736:1986 Wrought aluminium and aluminium alloy plate for

    general engineering purposes

    737:2008 Wrought aluminium and aluminium alloy sheet and strip for general engineering purposes
    739:1992 Wrought aluminium and aluminium alloy wire for

    general engineering purposes

    740:1977 Wrought aluminium and aluminium alloy rivet

    stock for general engineering purposes

    5082:1998 Wrought aluminium and aluminium alloy bars,

    rods, tubes, sections, plates and sheets for electrical applications

    16011:2012 Aluminium and aluminium alloy foil for

    pharmaceutical packaging

    17682:2021 Aluminium composite panel
    1285:2002 Wrought aluminium and aluminium alloys[1]Extruded round tube and hollow sections for general engineering purposes
    2067:1975 Wrought Aluminium Wire for Electrical Purposes
    21:1992 Wrought aluminium and aluminium alloys for

    manufacture of utensils

    1254:2007 Corrugated Aluminium Sheet
    7902:2001 Aluminium alloy forging stock and forgings (Alloy

    24345) for aerospace applications

    The Aluminium and Aluminium Alloy Products (Quality Control) Order, 2023 will come into force on March 27, 2024. However, for Micro and Small Enterprises as defined under the MSMED Act, 2006, the order would come into force on September 27, 2024 and  June 27, 2024 respectively.

    For an updated list of all products under mandatory BIS certification, please click here.

    Next Steps As per the notifications, producers of these products will now have to secure BIS certification before these orders come into force. Once these orders come into force, both domestic and foreign manufacturers of these products will only be able to export/sell in India with a valid BIS license in place.

    To obtain such a license, both foreign producers and domestic manufacturers of these products would need to submit an application to the BIS seeking certification. Furthermore, the process of certification will also require physical testing and inspection of the relevant products at the factory premises as well as parallel testing by a BIS-authorized laboratory in India to verify the same. BIS certification is a time-consuming process and therefore it is recommended that interested producers make applications for certification at the earliest in cases wherein Quality Control Orders have been issued and are pending enforcement.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this document is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal opinion or advice. This document is not intended to address the circumstances of any individual or corporate body. Readers should not act on the information provided herein without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the facts and circumstances of a situation. There can be no assurance that the judicial/quasi-judicial authorities may not take a position contrary to the views mentioned herein.