Xiaomi and Apple have become the latest victims of recent tensions between India and China. According to Reuters, the Bureau of Standards of India (BIS) has been blocking the import of smartphones since August.
Some of the blocked imports include the latest Apple iPhone 12 devices and smart wearable devices from Oppo and Xiaomi.
BIS usually processes imports within 15 days, but the report shows that paperwork now takes up to two months to complete. Several executives of Apple India confirmed BIS that the company will expand its assembly operations in India, but so far, such exchanges have yielded no results.
The Prime Minister of India advocates self-reliance and local production, while traders and Indian nationalist groups have called for a boycott of imports from China because of border conflicts earlier this year. For retailers, this delay is another headache before the holidays, as consumers buy everything from smartphones to cars.
Reuters added that as early as July, a special license for importing TVs was suddenly required, a move designed to hinder Samsung and Xiaomi.