Apple closer to India retail stores after government eases onerous curbs

“Apple Inc. may be closer to opening stores in India after the government eased onerous local sourcing requirements on retailers,” Saritha Rai reports for Bloomberg.

“The world’s second-most populous country on Monday announced the easing as part of a raft of measures intended to boost foreign direct investment and expand the leeway afforded multinational corporations,” Rai reports. “It loosened policies that require retailers to source at least 30 percent of their components locally before they can set up shop.”

“Under the new regime unveiled Monday, single-brand retailers have a three-year grace period in which they can operate stores, before they have to comply with the local sourcing requirement. Companies that can show they are selling state of the art or cutting edge technology can benefit from a relaxed local sourcing regime for ‘another five years,'” Rai reports. “Apple will now have to apply anew for permission to open its first stores in India, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters Monday. ”

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MacDailyNews Take: As we’ve already remarked on Apple Retail Stores in India:

That’ll be worked out eventually. — MacDailyNews, May 24, 2016

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    1. @Jambro. This is a part of larger FDI reforms, where India opened up Civil aviation (100% foreign ownership), pharmaceuticals (74-100% foreign ownership), Single-brand retail (such as Apple, IKEA etc. -100% foreign ownership), and defense (49% foreign ownership).

      1. These broader reforms have been in works for some time now, and I have an inclination to believe that when the ministry rejected Apple’s request to open retail stores, it knew that these reforms were coming soon and Apple will be able to open stores anyway, and at the same time it would not look like it made an exception for Apple)

  1. This is the additional information I saw on Reuter pertaining to this news;
    “We will inform Apple to indicate whether they would like to avail new provisions,” Rajesh Abhishek, secretary of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, told a news conference.

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