Mandatory registration requirement under Legal Metrology law

by | Sep 3, 2021 | Outlook

We highlighted the applicability of Legal Metrology law on component manufacturers supplying goods to OEMs in packaged form.

We also wish to highlight that every person dealing in pre-packaged commodity (FMCG, Consumer Durables etc.) are covered under Legal Metrology law.

Rule 27 of the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 (‘LMPC Rules’) provides that every person who pre-packs or imports any pre-packaged commodity is liable to take registration. Hence, every person who manufactures, packs, or imports any pre-packaged commodity (including person supplying pre-packaged commodity to industrial / institutional consumers) needs to seek registration under Legal Metrology law. A separate registration needs to be sought in capacity of packer and importer.

A general penalty of up to Rs. 5,000 can be levied for not taking registration. Apart from that, there can be practical challenges in not seeking registration like non-clearance / delay in customs clearance of imported goods etc.

Manufacturer / importer may apply for registration before Director (Central authorities) or before respective State Controller (State authorities).

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