Legal Metrology Act
Packaged Commodities Rules

The Legal Metrology (General) Rules, 2011

Rules regarding Weights, Measures, Weighing and Measuring Instruments

Every Weight, Measure, Weighing and Measuring Instrument used or intended to be used in
  • in any transaction, or
  • for protection
shall conform to physical characteristics, construction details, materials, performance and tolerance shall meet the specifications given in the Schedule. The MPE (Maximum Permissible Error) is also given in the Schedule. (Rule 11, 12, 13 and 14.)
There are Eight Schedules in the Rules, each prescribing required specifications and tolerance limit and testing method of different types of weights, weighing instruments, measures and measuring instruments.
The Ninth Schedule describes the procedure for carrying out calibration of vehicle tanks (for carrying petroleum products and other liquids and vertical storage tanks meant for storage of petroleum and liquid petroleum products.
There is no scope for calibrating horizontal or spherical tanks or tanks used for storage for non-petroleum products like alcohol.

Registration for importing any weight or measure

No person shall import any weight or measure unless he is registered with the Director in such manner and on payment of such fees, as may be prescribed.
Importing any weight or measure without being registered may lead to punishment with fine which may extend to twenty-five thousand rupees and for the second or subsequent offense, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine, or with both.
It is prohibited to import any non-standard weight or measure, singly or or as a part or component. Obtaining approval of model takes care of this requirement.
20 read with 39
For selling imported weights and measures verification will be necessary and so also dealer-ship license. Covered by S. 23 and 24

How to register (Rule 15)

An application for registration should be submitted in prescribed form, through the State Controller, to the Director of Legal Metrology, along with a fee of Rs. 100.00, at least one month before the import. The Controller will forward the application along with a report on antecedents and technical capabilities of the importer.
The importer is entitled to carry on importing, until the registration is refused in writing by the Director.
Every registration is valid for 5 years and is renewable.

Export of Weights and Measures (Rule 16)

So long, any weight or measure is manufactured in accordance with the standards prescribed in India, no separate registration or permission for export is necessary. But, in cases where the weights and measures to be exported do not meet Indian specifications, manufacturing of such weight or measure will need permission from the Government of India. Permissions are normally allowed on application with some terms and conditions.
  • Non-standard weights or measures made for export can not be sold within the country.
  • The manufacturer is required to maintain a stock register, showing manufacture, dispatch and stock.
  • Weights and measures manufactured for export will not require verification and stamping. But, the manufacturer may request for sample checking and issue of Certificate for satisfaction of foreign customers.