After clamping down on imports of Chinese e-commerce companies that were illegally shipping goods into India under the guise of ‘gifts’, the government has trained its guns on Indian importers and resellers on online marketplaces for allegedly bringing goods into the country by evading duties and taxes.Shipments worth a few hundred crores of rupees are stuck at several ports across the country as the customs department has stepped up its due diligence to catch tax and duty evaders, leading to a delay in deliveries to the end-consumer.

Several resellers on Indian online marketplaces specialise in selling only imported goods. The customer orders these goods on these online platforms and it takes three-to-four weeks for the goods to be delivered.