Overview of legal metrology packaged commodities (LMPC) registration
The legal Metrology Act, 2009 is responsible for establishing and enforcing standards of weights and measures, regulating the trade and commerce in weights, measurements and other goods which are sold or distributed by the medium of weight, measure or numbers. This Act is applicable for whole of the country. The Registration under the Act may be called as Legal Metrology Registration or Legal Metrology Packaged Commodity (LMPC) License.
Any dealer of the commodities, measured by weight, measurement and number is required to get himself registered under the Legal Metrology Act. The business as specified under the law includes buying, selling, supplying or distributing the commodities by any such weight or measure, either in cash or for deferred payment or for commission, remuneration or other valuable consideration. The business may be conducted by a commission agent, an importer, a manufacturer and includes selling, supplying, distributing or otherwise delivery of any weight or measure.
The Act of legal Metrology applies on every pre-packaged commodity. The international units of measurement shall be followed which indicates the following base units:
(i) length - metre;
(ii) mass - kilogram;
(iii) time - second;
(iv) electric current - ampere;
(v) thermodynamic temperature - kelvin;
(vi) luminous intensity - candela; and
(vii) amount of substance - mole.
Prohibitions under the Legal Metrology Act:
A person shall not manufacture, repair or sell, or offer for repair or sale, of any weight or measure unless he/she holds a valid LMPC Certificate as issued by the Authority.
Provided that a manufacturer shall not require any Legal Metrology licence to repair his own weight or measure in a State other than the State of manufacture of the same.
Legal Metrology Standards in India are defined and implemented by the government of India, Department of Consumer Affairs under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public distribution. While the Legal Metrology Act, 2009, presented under central jurisdiction, has been established as a model Act. Each individual State in India has the right to implement the Act with or without adjustments. Moreover, a couple of states have approved their own Act to manage the issues and matters identified with Legal metrology.
Benefits of LMPC Certificate under the Legal Metrology Act
Measurement plays a crucial role in day to day trade practices. The demand for effective trade is that it should be transparent and must create a balance between the traders and consumers. Some of the noted benefits of LMPC certificate can be listed as below:
- Reduction in Transaction Costs
Use of poor measurement practices often proves to be a costly and time-consuming affair. The negative effect is on both- the businesses as well as the consumers. In the matters of poor measurement practices, the cost may be very high in terms of long court cases and legal battles. It will also hamper the goodwill and stability of the business. But when measurements are done accurately and correctly, following all the norms of the Legal Metrology Act, it results in a reduction in cost and time.
- Supporting Trade
Legal Metrology Act is responsible for controlling any unlawful and unfair trade practices. This Act aims to make sure that measuring instruments are intact and in a good working condition so that they can serve their intended purpose and meet international standards.
- Collecting Government Revenue
The government collects its revenue through excise duties imposed on products produced, sold, imported and exported and via taxes levied on measurement. Legal Metrology Act ensures that no injustice is done to both the government and business in the payment of tax. The margin created by a proportion of mass items can be a huge segment of both export and national pay, especially in items, 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 number of barriers increases the nation's morale and encourage them to participate in the global trading system, increasing the national economic growth. With the help of the Legal Metrology Act, a trader can avoid useless barriers in the process of adoption, application of technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment procedures.
- Build Consumer’s Trust
As soon as the customer realizes they are receiving a product verified under certain rules and regulations, it will boost up their trust in the businessman, ultimately leading to a healthy trading relationship.
Importer Registration under Legal Metrology (General) Rules, 2011:
Import means to bring into India any product from outside India, and the person who carries out import is called an importer. There is a provision of mandatory registration for an importer of weighing and measuring instruments under Legal Metrology (General) Rules, 2011. The application must be submitted to the Director or Controller of the central Metrology Department, New Delhi.
Section 19 Of The Act
No individual has the authority to import any weight or measure if he is not registered with the Concerned Authority and holds a valid LMPC Certification.
If any individual indulges in the activity of importing any weight or measure without being registered under the Act, then a fine shall be imposed on such person, which may extend up to Rs 25000 for the second or subsequent offence, and with an imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months.
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Documents Required for LMPC Certification
List Of Documents That Manufacturer Need:
List of Documents for Repairer in Weights and Measures:
List of Documents for Dealer in Weights and Measures:
Important Guidelines for LMPC Certification
Here are some guidelines that traders have to follow for the registration during the import/export of goods. Guidelines cover measuring of weight under Section 47 of the Standing of Weights and Measures Act, 1976.
Why your business needs Legal Metrology Act Registration?
There are certain rules and regulations that the Legal Metrology Act defines related to the selling and distribution of packaged products. This Act also provides the guidelines to follow during the import and export of pre-packaged goods. If you want your business to run efficiently and smoothly you need to set up a consumer and buyer rights protection system, and in order to establish a protection system, you need to comply with the Act that has described the legal metrology and measurement system.
If you fail to follow the norms described in the legal metrology and measurement system, then there are chances that you might face heavy fines and punishment. This may affect your brand image and hamper the growth of your business.
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Frequently Asked Questions
As per Legal Metrology Act, 2009, the sale or distribution of all packaged goods in India such as export goods, food products and consumer goods need a Legal Metrology Certificate from the Metrology Department of Consumer Affairs.
An importer of measuring instruments, competing with each other to do business in the Indian market needs to register itself to obtain the Certificate of Registration of Importer of Weights and Measures. The applicant has to file the application for registration in schedule X under Rule 15 and obtained under section 19 of Legal Metrology Act 2009.
The department is responsible for maintaining uniformity and accuracy in all weights and measures, weighing and measuring Instruments used by traders in all hats, markets and trading centres in the State.
List of documents:
- Identity & Residential Proof.
- Two Passport size.
- Letter of Consent from the Manufacturer who wish to appoint you as a Dealer
- Manufacturing Licence if you intend to import weights & measures from outside the State.
- Model Approval Certificate of weights and measures to be deal with.
- Documentary proof of ownership / Lease agreement of Premises.
- GST Registration / Professional Tax / Labour Licence
Controller of Legal Metrology Department issues the license
It is important to showcase every certificate of verification issued under the Act at a conspicuous place in the buildings where such weights or measures are being, or intended or likely to be used in any transaction or for protection.
Each weight & measures is fabricated according to the specification and model drafted by the Govt. of India. Weight and measures utilized by the dealers are confirmed and stepped by the Inspector of the Legal Metrology Department, after due confirmation, with a seal for ensuring the honesty of the stamp of Inspector and quarter where it is verified.