India Tells Apple Retail Stores Must Sell Local Goods Too


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Corroborating Bloomberg’s sources, Reuters reports that India is demanding that Apple sell at least 30% locally sourced goods if it wants to open the doors of its iconic retail stores in the country.

Apple is betting high on India, as it sees a huge opportunity there, so it plans to expand its retail presence in a country where 100 million smartphones were sold last year alone. The iPhone accounted for only 2% of those, according to reports.
While India can provide waivers for retailers selling high-end tech goods, Apple’s products didn’t fit into that category, an anonymous official informed Reuters. The waiver is available only for investment in “state of the art” or “cutting-edge technology”, the source added, according to Reuters. The decision of the finance ministry has not yet been made public.

“They did ask for a waiver but didn’t provide any material on record to justify it. The decision was taken only after a thorough examination of their application,” the source said.

As previously reported, Apple has plans to open at least three retail stores in India by the end of 2017. Tim Cook enjoyed a four-day visit to the country last week, during which he had discussions with representatives of telecom companies and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Cook’s visit to India was seasoned with two major announcements: the opening of the Maps development office, and the plan to open an iOS app development centre as early as next year.


  • AF

    Apple needs to pay the right people in India. Nothing gets done there without the politicians getting bribes. It’s sad that a company cannot open a retail store there from which the government will actually make tax out of.

  • hlna55

    does it really matter? the consumer will pay whatever premium anyhow so really it’s just another tax that Apple will collect and pass back to Indian companies and manufacturers

  • hlna55

    FYI… US penalties for out of country bribery and coersion plus bad press on an international level don’t make this a worthwhile approach. If it was, Apple would have been in India years ago and same with China.

  • Tim

    Perhaps they can offer the iphone with a side of naan bread to comply.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    I was thinking more along the lines of Butter Chicken