Apple, other US goods from China held up at Indian ports: sources
Apple, Cisco and Dell products are among the goods from US companies being caught up in India’s border tensions with China, as Indian ports hold up imports from China, two sources said yesterday. Though no government notice has been issued, customs officers at major Indian port have held back containers coming from China, seeking additional clearances, government and industry sources have said.
The move comes amid heightened tensions between India and China after border clashes last week that saw at least 20 Indian soldiers killed. The US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), a lobby group representing US firms, told India’s commerce ministry in a letter dated June 23 that lack of clarity and delays could disrupt business and manufacturing operations.
“Authorities have abruptly halted the clearance of industry consignments coming in from China (and perhaps other destinations) at most major ports and airports,” USISPF said. “This will send a chilling signal to foreign investors who look for predictability and transparency,” it said. Two industry sources said Apple, Cisco, Dell and Ford Motor Co products were among those held up. Electronics components of Taiwan’s Foxconn, a contract manufacturer for Apple in India, were also affected.