The government on Saturday put restrictions on imports of agarbatti and other similar products amidst report of significant increase in inbound shipments from countries like China and Vietnam.
Now importers of these goods require licence from the government for import purpose.
"Import policy of agarbatti and other odoriferous preparations which operate by burning ...is revised from free to restricted," the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGF) said in a notification.
Restrictions have also been imposed on imports of other odoriferous preparations used for deodorising room. Its imports increased to USD 12.35 million in 2018-19 from USD 7.51 million in 2017-18.
Imports of agarbatti and other odoriferous preparations stood at USD 17.75 million during April-June 2019-20. It was USD 83.58 million in 2018-19 as against USD 84.95 million in the previous fiscal.
Agarbatti imports from China dipped to USD 6.39 million in 2018-19 from USD 8.53 million in the previous fiscal.
According to reports, imports of bamboo sticks used in the sector have increased from Vietnam, which is a part of ASEAN (Association of South east Asian Nations) bloc, with which India has a free trade agreement.