Commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said she will take up with the finance ministry the issue of relaxing mandatory sourcing norms for iPhone maker Apple, which wants to set up retail stores in the country. The finance ministry has rejected the waiver of mandatory 30% local sourcing for Apple Inc to set up single — brand stores in India. Also Read - Grab iPhone 11 with up to Rs 8,000 discount in India, but for a limited periodAlso Read - Apple App store removes this popular dating app for spreading misinformation
“We are talking about it but nothing has been reached …if it’s a closed chapter I would not say I will go and talk to them…After that decision (rejection by the finance ministry) has come out in public, I am willing to go and speak to the finance,” she told reporters.
The US-based giant has sought exemption on the ground that it makes state-of-the-art and cutting-edge technology products for which local sourcing is not possible. A Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) secretary headed panel had favored waiving the mandatory local sourcing requirement for the US-based firm. The company sells its products through Apple-owned retail stores in countries, including China, Germany, the US, the UK and France.
It has no wholly-owned store in India and sells its products through distributors such as Redington and Ingram Micro. At present, 100% FDI is permitted in the sector. But beyond 49 percent, the FIPB permission is required