The Center has decided to extend the implementation period of the footwear quality control order by one year until July 1, 2023 in response to representations made by the domestic footwear industry. Once implemented, the order will require footwear manufacturers, importers and traders to obtain licenses from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
In a notification issued on June 3, the Department for the Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) said that quality control orders for shoes made of leather and other materials in addition to those made of rubber and polymer materials and components will come into effect from July 1, 2023.
“The goods or items specified in (the notifications) must conform to the corresponding Indian standard and must bear the standard mark under a license from the Bureau of Indian Standards,” the notification reads.
This is the second time the government has postponed the implementation of the quality order for shoes. Previously, it was to be implemented in July 2020, but due to the pandemic, it was postponed to July 1, 2021.
Relief for industry
This brings much-needed relief to the footwear industry, especially MSMEs involved in footwear production who had requested more time to comply with BRI standards.
Previously, industry bodies such as the Indian Footwear Association (IFA) and Confederation of All Indian Traders (CAIT) said it would be difficult for smaller shoe manufacturers to comply with BIS standards. Industry bodies had also suggested the government to enforce mandatory laws only on shoes priced above ₹1,000.
Welcoming the move, CAIT General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal said India is the second largest footwear manufacturer in the world with 9% of annual global production. “More than 10,000 manufacturing units and about 1.5 lakh shoe traders spread across India engage more than 30 lakh people in manufacturing or trading activities,” he added. He added that almost 85% of manufacturers are small.
June 04, 2022