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Fertilizer sales up 12 percent year-on-year due to favorable weather

According to the ICRA rating agency, fertilizer sales in India increased by 12 percent year-on-year. Further growth in sales volume is expected as the area of winter-sown crops this season stands at about 67.5 million hectares. This increase in cultivated area is based on a high rainfall monsoon season, sufficient water in reservoirs, and subsidies from the government. Fiscal 2021 will be critical for the fertilizer industry, ICRA estimates. Manufacturers could sell record volumes, earn good profits and reduce debt.


Ravish Mehta, chief analyst at ICRA Ratings, said due to the extraordinary increased acreage in the winter season as well as a good summer harvest, fertilizer sales volumes have reached record levels in fiscal 2021. Sales volumes of individual fertilizer or fertilizer components increased in the range of 9 to 29 percent. The substances most in demand were urea, ammonium phosphate, compound fertilizer, potassium chloride and supersphospate. Fertilizer retailers also saw strong growth in fiscal 2021, as farmers mostly stockpiled small quantities to reduce their expenses.

The Indian government plans to provide further subsidies of between $12 billion and $13 billion to the fertilizer industry in the upcoming fiscal year 2022. With good crop forecasts for the current season, prices are expected to remain stable as well as government tax revenues to increase, ICRA analysts said. The winter season of Indian agriculture includes wheat, rapeseed, mustard and chickpeas. Wheat accounts for the majority at 33.7 million hectares, or 49 percent, followed by chickpeas at 10.9 million hectares and oilseeds such as rapeseed and mustard at 7.3 million hectares. For oilseeds, a record area was cultivated for this season, most of it in the state of Rajasthan, which accounts for 35 to 40 percent of the total cultivated area. Fertilizers and related chemicals require BIS-ISI certification before being imported into India or placed on the market. MPR International GmbH – India Certification will be pleased to assist you with BIS-ISI certification and is also available to answer any questions you may have.

Since 2012, the BIS has been gradually expanding the certification catalog and continuously adding additional goods. BIS certification mandatory for many electronic products for industrial and consumer uses. Factory inspections are also required for some products.

If you are interested in understanding what requirements are needed for your product to be imported into India, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone at +49-69-271 37 69 261. There is no cost or obligation for us to check for you. If a certification need is discovered we can provide a quotation to make sure that all your certification needs are covered.

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New requirements for BIS-certification chemicals in India starting in 2021

As of April 11 and November 11, 2021, Acrylonitrile and 29 other chemicals will fall under the mandatory BIS-CRS certification of India. These include, next to Acrylonitrile, Caustic soda, boric acid, acetic acid, aniline, methanol, toluene and acetone.

All affected substances and the relevant standards in each case are listed below:

Product categoryIndian Standard (IS)
Caustic Soda -SpecificationIS 252:2013
Boric Acid – SpecificationIS 10116: 2015
Poly Aluminium ChlorideIS 15573
Acetic AcidIS 695
AnilineIS 2833
MethanolIS 517
Specification for Phthalic Anhydride, TechnicalIS 5158: 1987
PyridineIS 8058:2018
Gamma PicolineIS 16113:2013
Beta PicolineIS 16112:2013
MorpholineIS 12084: 2018
Sodium Sulphide, TechnicalIS 297:2001
Potassium Carbonate, AnhydrousIS 7129:1992
AcetoneIS 170:2004
Phosphorous Trichloride, pure and Analytical ReagentIS 4581:1978
Phosphorous Pentachloride, TechnicalIS 11744:1986
Phosphorous Oxychloride, TechnicalIS 11657:1986
Stabilized Hydrogen PeroxideIS 2080:1980
Precipitated Barium Carbonate, TechnicalIS 3205:1984
Precipitated Barium for Ceramic and Glass IndustryIS 12928:1990
Sodium Formaldehyde SulphoxylateIS 4505:2015
Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Anhydrous, TechnicalIS 6100:1984
n- Butyl AcrylateIS 14709:1999
EtherIS 336:1973
Ethylene GlycolIS 5295:1985
TolueneIS 537:2011
Terephthalic AcidIS 15030:2001
Methyl AcrylateIS 14707: 1999
Ethyl AcrylateIS 14708:1999
Vinyl Acetate MonomerIS 12345:1988
Styrene (Vinyl Benzene)IS 4105:2020
Maleic Anhydride, TechnicalIS 5149:2020
AcrylonitrileIS 12540:1988

The extension of the scope of mandatory certification for chemicals is in line with the so-called “2023 Plan” of the Indian Prime Minister Modi. Based on this plan, the Indian government since 2019 has already been pursuing the goal of ensuring the quality, safety and reliability of the products available on the market through strong expansions of the certification regulations. Therefore, it is expected that more and more products will fall under a mandatory certification in the coming years.
BIS-ISI certification includes testing in India as well as inspections of manufacturing factories. Requirements for in-house testing capabilities are also typically high.
To find out if your products have now been added to the mandatory certification list, please contact us. Since the list is constantly changing and expanding, it is often not clear whether a product falls under the certification obligation or not.
We can assist you and provide reliable information about the regulations for your product.
We will be happy to assist you with the BIS certification and are available to answer any questions you may have. Please send us an e-mail or call us at +49-69-2713769261.
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Certification requirement for Automotive Glass is moved from AIS to BIS

IS2553 used to be under the responsibility of the individual Automotive certification agencies such as ARAI or iCAT, but starting August 2021 BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) will be responsible for the products applying to this standard. Therefore, certification from then on is no longer voluntary, but mandatory.

The certification process is now to be carried out by all importers with BIS. This process consists, among other steps, of product tests in India as well as a factory audit. In addition, some test requirements are changing such as abrasion tests or moisture tests.
The change applies to the following product types:

SI. No.Goods or ArticlesIndian StandardTitle of Indian Standard
1.Safety Glass (Architectural, Building and General uses)IS: 2553 (Part 1):2018Safety Glass – Specification Part 1 Architectural, Building and General uses
2.Safety Glass (For Road Transport)IS: 2553 (Part 2): 2019Safety lass – Specification Part 2 For Road transport

Since the list is constantly changing and expanding, it is often not clear whether a product is subject to certification or not.
We can help you here and provide reliable information about the regulations for your product.

We are happy to support you with BIS Certification and are available at any time to answer any questions you may have. Write us an email or call us at +49-69-2713769150.
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Indian market for electric vehicles to become more attractive through new regulations

Ahead of upcoming deliberations on the Indian state government’s annual budget, the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) has urged Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to revamp the FAME subsidy program. The association said to either revise the upcoming Phase 2 of FAME or reintroduce Phase 1 of FAME. The budget of the FAME 2 incentive program is the equivalent of about $1.37 billion, is for a three-year period and was introduced on April 1, 2019. Phase 2 is an extension of the FAME 1 India program, which came into effect on April 1, 2015 with a sum of $123 million. The acronym FAME stands for “Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles.”



In addition, it hopes to see a reduction in VAT for electric vehicles. SMEV Chairman Sohinder Gill also wrote, “For a young and fragile industry like electric vehicles, which is also heavily dependent on government subsidies, there is a need for an effective strategy to support the market. The electric vehicle industry is still behind its target figures.”

The plan was to support 1 million electric two-wheelers, 500,000 three-wheelers, 55,000 passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, and 7,000 buses. The SMEV argued that FAME 2 needs to be more attractive for customers because conditions, especially for two-wheelers, need to be made affordable for the mass of the population despite subsidies. To support the Indian automotive industry, the deadline for subsidy applications to manufacture components for electric vehicles has been extended for the second time to April 1, 2021.

The relevant technical automotive standards, called Automotive Industry Standards or AIS for short, apply to Indian manufacturing locations. The process of AIS certification according to the Indian AIS (Automotive Industry Standard) can be challenging and complex. We will be pleased to support you in the AIS certification process and are also available to answer any questions you may have.

AIS stands for Automotive Industry Standards, the technical automotive standards for India, while TAC stands for Type Approval Certificate. This kind of automotive product certifiation is conducted by authorities like the International Center for Automotive Technology (iCAT).

Depending on the product category, there are different certification steps. We will be happy to advise you on certification in India and are always available to answer your questions.

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