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Petition in Gujarat HC seeks country of manufacture labels for e-commerce products, court issues notice

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The Gujarat High Court on July 7 issued notice to the central government on a petition demanding that all products sold via e-commerce platforms disclose the country where the product is manufactured. The court issued notice to the Union of India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, and Ministry of Consumer Affairs, among others. LiveLaw reported this, and made the petition public. The petition comes amidst increased rhetoric against Chinese products and amidst calls for self-reliance, in light of the border tensions with China at Ladakh, wherein 20 Indian soldiers were killed as troops from the two sides violently clashed. Demands for country of origin disclosures on e-commerce platforms have similarly already taken flight. By the time this petition was registered, the Department of Industrial Promotion & Policy (DPIIT) had already asked e-commerce companies to figure out a way to disclose country of origin on products being sold on their platforms. The government's new e-commerce policy, which we reported on last week, also requires e-commerce platforms to specify the country of origin and value addition done in India for imported goods and good exported from India via e-commerce entities. The petition was heard by a division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J.B. Pardiwala. It enlists the Union of India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, the Ministry of Consume Affairs, PMO Office, the State of Gujarat, and the state Consumer Affairs department. Even though e-commerce is regulated by DPIIT under the Commerce Ministry, and the e-commerce policy is was…

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