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Legal Metrology Packaged Commodity

Introduction

If you are importing goods, especially pre-packaged commodities or in India, then you must take LMPC Registration Certificate before importing. It's specified under rule 27 of Legal Metrology Packaged Commodity rules of the Department of Consumer Affairs. The LMPC registration must be applied within three months from the date of import.

The mandatory declarations have to be made like country of origin, manufacturer name and address, importer address, month and year of manufacturing, month and year of import etc. The scope of declarations to be made on pre-packed commodities differs with each product.

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Benefits of Legal Metrology Act Registration

Measurement plays a crucial role in the trade practices. It is the demand of the effective trade to be transparent and create a balance between the traders and consumers.

Reduces Transaction Costs

Often revising poor measurement practices proves costly and time-consuming. They affect both the businesses and consumers. To Initiate legal action against a trader who breaks the measurement laws needs a lot of audacity. But when measurements are done accurately and correctly following all the norms of the Legal Metrology Act, it certainly reduces cost and time.

Supporting Trade

Legal Metrology Act is responsible for controlling any unlawful and unfair trade practices. The act ensures the measuring instruments are intact and in a working state to serve their intended purpose and meet international standards.

Collecting Government Revenue

Legal Metrology Act ensures full justice to both the government and business in the matter related to tax payment. The government collects its revenue through excise duties imposed on products produced, sold, imported and exported and via taxes levied on measurement. The proportion of mass items can be a massive segment of both export and national pay, especially in articles, for example, timber, rice, coffee, palm oil, coal, iron-mineral, gold, jewels and natural gas.

Reduces Technical Barriers To Trade

Legal Metrology Act reduces the burden of technical barriers and promotes confidence and clarity of measurement. Fewer amounts of barriers increase the morale of the nation and encourage them to participate in the global trading system which in result increases the national economic growth. With the help of Legal Metrology Act a trader can avoid useless barriers in the process of adoption, application of technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What is the registration procedure for LMPC Certifications?

Ans. According to Section 47 of Standing of Weights and Measures Act, 1976. Application for LMPC registration of exporter/importer of weight or measure is to be applied to the controller of Legal Metrology of State/UT in which the exporter/Importer is registered. Remember LMPC is a state wise affair. Each state has its own set of some rules for approval alongside request draft if Rs. 5,000/ - for "Pay and Accounts official" D/o Consumer Affairs, New Delhi.
General Rules define the list of items for weight OR measure and registration shall be done only of those items. If it is incomplete then give it back to the Controller of Legal Metrology within 7 days of receiving application, under intimation to the applicant. If the application is incomplete in every respect then grant the registration certificate to the applicant within 10 days of receiving the application under imitation of controller of Legal Metrology.

Q. What is the Registration procedure?

👉 Rule 15 of the Legal Metrology (General) Rules, 2011, defines the procedure for registration. The structure related to fee payable is described in the Twelfth Schedule and the format related to application is described in the Tenth Schedule of the said Rules.
👉 Standard weights and measures or parts thereof might be imported.
👉 Producers or vendors will require enlistment as an importer from the Director of Legal Metrology, GOI.
👉 The application ought to be submitted in the advised form, through the State Controller, to the Director of Legal Metrology, alongside the prescribed fee of Rs 100 in any event one month before the import. The Controller will forward the application alongside a report on predecessors and technical capacities of the importer.
👉 Registration remains valid for 5 years and is renewable as well.

Q. Who needs LMPC Registration?

Ans. Under Legal Metrology Act 2009 registration is done in the following cases:
Case 1: Registration for importing/manufacturing/packing of packaged commodities
Rule 27 of the Legal Metrology (Packed and Commodities) Rules, 2011, makes registration compulsory for every importer, manufacturer or packer of packaged commodities. The registration might be made with the Director of Legal Metrology of the Central government or the Controller of Legal metrology of the State where the importing in or pressing is finished. No matter where the registration is done, following conditions are valid for the entire country
Case 2: Registration for importing weights and measures
Legal Provisions
Section 19 Of The Act, No individual has the authority to import any weight or measure if he is not registered with the Director in such manner and on payment of fees, as prescribed.

Q. What is Section 38?

If any individual indulge in the activity of importing any weight or measure and that is too without being registered under the Act then a fine will be imposed on the person which may extend up to Rs 25000 for the second or subsequent offence, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months