Government’s decision to make iPhones costly in India

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India has amplified the import tax on many electronic goods such as television sets and mobile phones, a statement by the government claimed. This move was taken to assist curb supplies from abroad and build up the local industry. The elevation in tax to 15% from 10% on smartphones will make imports of handsets, comprising most of iPhone models from Apple, costlier. This comes at a time the when revenue growth of the company is dropping in $10 Billion handset market of India.

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Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister, has rolled out a flagship Make-in-India program to extend the local industrial base, and one of the segments displaying victory is electronics. President of the Indian Cellular Association, Pankaj Mohindroo, claimed last week that the tax elevation will drive local manufacturers who are creating almost 500 Million mobile handsets each year, more than 12x the output in comparison to 3 years back. Almost 8 out of 10 handsets claimed in 2017 have been created locally, information from a research firm displayed.

Samsung Electronics assembles most of the smartphones in India that it trades in the nation. Apple presently just assembles its models of iPhone SE in India and imports its other models. The firm has sought a series of tax relief and incentives from the government for it to develop its production in the country, but executives of the government have claimed that are doubtful to make exceptions for Apple.

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An associate director the above-mentioned research firm, claimed that the new tax notification of government, declared late last week, will effect mobile handset firms a lot reliable on imports. “It will affect Apple the most since the firm imports 88% of its handsets into the country,” he claimed. “Either this will result in increscent in prices of iPhone or force Apple to begin production more in the country”, reported TruthWeek.

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