E-commerce: work starts to identify country of origin in Indian systems

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – E-commerce companies in India like Amazon.com’s local unit and Walmart’s Flipkart have begun to update their back-end systems to allow sellers to identify the country of origin on all new product listings on their platforms, two sources aware of the matter said on Wednesday. The Indian trade ministry’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), which hosted an online meeting of e-commerce players on Wednesday, wanted the changes to be implemented by the end of July. The changes would first be made for new product listings as it was difficult to do this for the tens of millions of products already selling on their platforms, they added. The government push to have e-commerce companies name the country of origin beside product listings comes against the backdrop of tensions between India and China following a border skirmish in June that left 20 Indian soldiers dead. New Delhi has banned 59 Chinese origin apps, and Chinese goods in ports have also faced extra scrutiny and delays.

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