Navigating the World of WPC Approvals: Streamlining Procedures for Radio Equipment Importation and Compliance
Self-Declared ETAs (ETA-SD)
ETA-SDs are for certain categories of wireless equipment operating in license exempt bands with low transmission power and are exempted from import licensing requirement as per the EXIM policy of DGFT
ETA through self-declaration is permitted for commercial / finished products such as mobile / computing devices viz as mobile handsets, smart phones, electronic notepads, laptops, Smartwatches, Short Range Devices including accessories, microphones, speakers , headphones, earphones, printers, scanners, cameras etc., operating in licensed exemption bands as permitted in India. A self-declaration from importer / authorised Indian representative may be treated as sufficient evidence to process such clearances by the Customs and Central Excise Authorities.
Documents Required for ETA SD approval
*Foreign manufacturers are not entitled to directly register on WPC portal to apply for ETAs. Applicant must be a local entity.
Frequency bands covered under de-licensed category applicable for ETA SD and Scrutiny based ETAs can be reviewed in the link provided below.
*ETA- Restricted Items – use the same documents as listed for ETA SD mode.
WPC has introduced new portal NSWS- National Single Window System. Applicants must register in the new portal to apply for all ETA approvals, Licensing requirements, DPL, NDPL, Import License, PESO etc…
There is no period restriction for ETA, hence no further renewal is required.
All products operating in WPC de-licensed bands can apply ETA via Self-declaration mode except 4 types of products: Radar, jamming devices (cellular jammers used to prevent mobile phones working in sensitive areas), Drones, Satellite equipment (any device that transmits to a satellite, e.g., VSAT).
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