Multi Brand Retail Trading

Sector/ Activit Sectoral Cap Entry Route
Multi Brand Retail Trading (MBRT) 51% Government

Other Conditions


(a) Fresh agricultural produce, including fruits, vegetables, flowers, grains, pulses, fresh poultry, fishery and meat products, can be unbranded.

(b) Minimum amount to be brought in as foreign investment would be USD 100 million.

(c) At least 50 percent of the total foreign investment brought in the first tranche of USD 100 million, shall be invested in 'back-end infrastructure' within three years, where 'back-end infrastructure' will include capital expenditure on all activities, excluding that on front-end units; for instance, back-end infrastructure will include investment made towards processing, manufacturing, distribution, design improvement, quality control, packaging, logistics, storage, warehouse, agriculture market produce infrastructure etc. Expenditure on land cost and rentals, if any, will not be counted for purposes of back-end infrastructure. Subsequent investment in the Back - end infrastructure would be made by the MBRT retailer as needed, depending upon its business requirements.

(d) At least 30 percent of the value of procurement of manufactured/ processed products purchased shall be sourced from Indian micro, small and medium industries, which have a total investment in plant & machinery not exceeding USD2 million. This valuation refers to the value at the time of installation, without providing for depreciation. The 'small industry' status would be reckoned only at the time of first engagement with the retailer and such industry shall continue to qualify as a 'small industry' for this purpose, even if it outgrows the said investment of USD2 million during the course of its relationship with the said retailer. Sourcing from agricultural Co - operatives and farmers co-operatives would also be considered in this category. The procurement requirement would have to be met, in the first instance, as an average of five years total value of the manufactured/ processed products purchased, beginning 1st April of the year during which the first tranche of foreign investment is received. Thereafter, it would have to be met on an annual basis.

(e) Self-certification is required by the company, to ensure compliance of the conditions at serial nos. (b), (c) and

(d) above, which could be cross-checked, as and when required. Accordingly, the investors shall maintain accounts, duly certified by statutory auditors.

(f) Retail sales outlets may be set up only in cities with a population of more than 10 lakh as per the 2011 Census or any other cities as per the decision of the respective State Governments, and may also cover an area of 10 kms. Around the municipal/ urban agglomeration limits of such cities; retail locations will be restricted to conforming areas as per the Master/ Zonal Plans of the concerned cities and provision will be made for requisite facilities such as transport connectivity and parking.

(g) Government will have the first right to procure agricultural products.

(h) The above policy is an enabling policy only and the State Governments/ Union Territories would be free to take their own decisions in regard to implementation of the policy. Therefore, retail sales outlets may be set up in those States/ Union Territories which have agreed, or agree in future, to allow foreign investment in MBRT under this policy. The States/ Union Territories which have conveyed their agreement are mentioned at 15.4.2. Such agreement, in future, to permit establishment of retail outlets under this policy, would be conveyed to the Government of India through the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and additions would be made to the said list. The establishment of the retail sales outlets will be in compliance of applicable State/ Union Territory laws/ regulations, such as the Shops and Establishments Act etc.

(i) Retail trading, in any form, by means of e-commerce, would not be permissible, for companies with foreign investment engaged in multi-brand retail trading.

(j) Applications would be processed in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, to determine whether the proposed investment satisfies the notified guidelines, before being considered for Government approval. States/ Union Territories are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Union Territories)

Duty Free Shops 100% Automatic

Other Conditions


(a) Duty Free Shops would mean shops set up in custom bonded area at International Airports/ International Seaports and Land Custom Stations where there is transit of international passengers.

(b) Foreign investment in Duty Free Shops is subject to compliance of conditions stipulated under the Customs Act, 1962 and other laws, rules and regulations.

(c) Duty Free Shop entity shall not engage into any retail trading activity in the Domestic Tariff Area of the country.

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