Quantitative Restrictions on imports of second-hand
automobiles lifted. The remaining QRs on about 715 items that were
being maintained for balance of payment (BoP) purposes have been removed.
Exim policy stipulates that for new vehicles being imported into the
country, the Vehicle should not be manufactured/ assembled in India,
not been sold, leased or loaned prior to being imported to India;
or should have been registered for use in any country prior to being
imported to India. Vehicles should be imported only from the country
of manufacture and should comply with CMVR, 1989.
of new cars would be allowed only through Mumbai port (Nhava Sheva),
Kolkata and Chennai.
vehicles being imported should not be more than three years old and
conform to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, (1989). Imported automobiles
should have a minimum residual life of five years and the importer
should ensure supply of spares and service during this period.
The government has decided to allow the entry of second hand vehicles
into the country only through the Mumbai port. The commerce ministry
has identified six categories of second hand vehicles having cylinder
capacity of up to 3000 cc, which will now be allowed to be brought
in through the Mumbai port. The six categories includes second hand
or used motor cars and jeeps and landrovers.
Import of left hand vehicles banned. The vehicles should necessarily
have right-hand steering controls, a speedometer indicating the speed
in kilometres and a photometry of the head-lamps to suit 'keep-left'
For ensuring the requirements, pre-shipment as well as post-shipment
of certification have been made mandatory.
The importing agency is expected, at the time of importation, to submit
a certificate issued by a testing agency notified by the central government
that the second hand vehicle being imported has been tested immediately
before shipment and that the vehicle conforms to all the regulations
specified in Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
The importer is also required to submit a certificate issue by a testing
agency notified by government that the used vehicle being imported
conforms to the original homologation certificate issued at the time
The vehicle has to be submitted for testing to Vehicle Research and
Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, of the Ministry of Defence
or the Automotive Research Association of India, Pune or the Central
Farm and Machinery Training and Testing Institute, Budni, Madhya Pradesh,
or other notified testing agency by the government.
The policy totally bans the import of cars whose engine capacity ranges
from 1000 to 2500cc. As far as two-wheelers go, scooters with an engine
capacity of over 50cc to 500cc can be imported. Motorcycle engine
capacity should be their engine capacity should be over 250 cc but
not in excess of 800 cc.