Date 5-Jul-2004 Issuing Authority Indian Customs
Circular Number 45/2004 Authority Type Circular
Subject Import of non-standard tapes – instructions-reg.

F.No . 450/81/2000-Cus.IV

Circular No.45/2004-Cus.
   5th July, 2004

F.No . 450/81/2000-Cus.IV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Excise & Customs

Subject :     Import of non-standard tapes instructions-reg.

              I am directed to refer to Boards Circular No. 99/2003, dated 27.11.2003 wherein it was stated that the import of measuring instruments other than standard units of metric system, is not permitted except under certain conditions specified in Section 23 of Standards of Weights and Measures Act, 1976.  Accordingly, field formations were   requested to ensure that non-standard units of weight or measure (including these with dual markings), except those permitted by proviso to Section 23 of the  Standards  of  Weights and  Measures Act, 1976, are, on import, either confiscated absolutely or allowed re-export only.

2.        Now, the Department of   Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution  vide  D.O. letter No.WM-9(4)/03, dated 27.5.2004  have  informed  that the provisions relating to measuring tapes laid down in the Standards of Weights and Measures (General) Rules,

1987 has  been amended  to  allow  manufacture and verification of measuring tapes with inscription of nonmetric scales along with the metric scale without mention   of  non-metric units like feet or inches.   In view of   this , the  Department of  Consumer affairs has  no objection to allow the import of  such measuring tapes.

3.          In view   of  above,   all  concerned  are requested to issue  necessary instruction for compliance .

4.         Receipt   of this  Circular may kindly be acknowledge.

5.         Hindi version will follow.

D. S. Garbyal
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Phone No. 23094182

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