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India Issues Additional Information on Mandatory Declaration

Starting from Oct. 15, CBIC enforces mandatory declaration of IUPAC name and CAS number for import of chemical products; information can be found on ChemIndia, the chemicals inventory of India.

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October 24, 2023

By Thuy Dang, Senior Regulatory Specialist, Supply Chain team, UL Solutions

The mandatory declaration of IUPAC names and CAS numbers required by the Indian Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) became effective from Oct. 15, 2023. CBIC issued Circular 23/2023-Customs with some additional clarification for the imports of the chemical-related products, as follows:

Chemical Category Additional Details
Bulk and Basic Chemicals CAS number and IUPAC name is mandatory
Formulations and Mixtures CAS number and IUPAC name of Main/Active ingredient (at least one) is mandatory
Proprietary component, R&D or Others CAS number or IUPAC name of Main/Active ingredient (at least one) is mandatory

(Source: Circular 23/2023-Customs)

In the case of confidentiality reasons, where none of the ingredients was provided to the importers by the supplier, the Bill of Entry must include the below self-undertaking statement:

Declaration on non-availability of CAS & IUPAC details

I certify that the information related to IUPAC & CAS number is not in my possession as the same is not provided by my supplier due to confidentiality.

To support the CBIC and chemical importers/exporters, the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals (DCPC) launched a chemical inventory platform – ChemIndia. DCPC considers this platform as “one of the major ambitious project” as it aims to collect, compile and analyze real-time data on a monthly or annual basis. With its high security and validation aspects, the platform is expected to support a seamless data collection process.

The ChemIndia website provides several features as follows:

  • Chemicals Classification: includes different definition and basic information of Chemicals (Alkali, Inorganic chemicals, Organic compounds, Dyes and Pigments, Pesticides and Insecticides) and Petrochemicals (Synthetic Fibres, Polymers, Synthetic rubber, Synthetic detergent, Performance plastics, Fiber intermediates, Olefins, Aromatics);
  • Analytical Study: provides Descriptive analysis and Predictive analysis;
  • Hazardous Classification: as per UN GHS for classification, OEL, and SDS;
  • Manufacturing Units: lists contact details of major private companies and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) involved in the manufacture of chemicals and chemical products in India;
  • GIS Dashboard: provides location-based insights interactively.

DCPC believes that the chemical inventory will provide plenty of benefits for all stakeholders, including industrial sectors and policy makers. The availability and collection of chemical data will ensure a comprehensive understanding of India market insights.

Recommended actions

  • Review the related circulars and regulations for more contents of interest.
  • Prepare the required information if your company plans to import or export to India starting from Oct. 15, 2023.
  • Explore the ChemIndia platform for more information.
  • Refer to the previously written article on titled India Requires Import/Export Declarations for Some Products for more background information.



ChemIndia - Chemicals Inventory of India

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