05 September 2013
India and Export Controls – Dr Rajiv Nayan & Ian J. Stewart
Dr Rajiv Nayan and Mr Ian J. Stewart have recently published a CSSS occasional paper on Indian export controls.
India is emerging as an important country for the control of sensitive goods and technology. Currently, it approves a few hundred applications per year for the export of controlled goods, but the country’s growing economy exists alongside an increase in the production and acquisition of goods and technology that have potential end uses in Weapons of Mass Destruction programmes. Thus, India is rapidly becoming a significant potential supplier of sensitive goods. To control these goods, India has developed an impressive framework of export controls. It has legal and regulatory mechanisms, licensing, enforcement, and private sector engagement policy. India appears prepared to join the four multilateral export controls regimes with some minor regulatory changes. Nonetheless, there is further work to be done.