For the right start on FDI in India

Established in 2012, CAONWEB FDI advisory team provides individuals or companies looking to set up regional operations in India with customized Regulatory, Compliance, Banking consultancy services.

CAONWEB assist in business set up and support services to achieve your business objectives. Whether you are a startup or an individual investor or a corporate, we help you start your investment journey in India. With our experience and skills we ensure that you get the most out of your foreign direct investment in India. We provide all necessary support to international companies or foreign investors looking to start or expand their business in India. You can have a look at the categories of service we provide:

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    1. As per the World Bank report, The ease of doing business in India improved after a series of reforms have made it easier for companies to get construction permits, pay taxes and cross border trading
      • India jumped 23 spots from a year ago to 77 out of 190 countries on the ease of doing business ranking in Nov 2018
      • It was also among the top 10 most improved economies, according to the "Doing Business 2019" report.
    2. There are two routes to FDI in India.
      • First one is automatic: FDI is allowed without prior approval by Government or Reserve Bank of India
      • Second one is Government: Prior approval by government is needed via this route.
    3. Key Sectors for foreign Investment in India: Infrastructure, Automotive, Pharmaceuticals, Services like banking, insurance, outsourcing, railways, chemical, textiles, airlines. Also other sectors like agriculture.
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FDI LIMIT SECTOR WISE
Sector FDI Limit Entry Route & Remarks
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
  • Floriculture, Horticulture, Apiculture and Cultivation of Vegetables & Mushrooms under controlled conditions
  • Development and Production of seeds and planting material
  • Animal Husbandry(including breeding of dogs), Pisciculture, Aquaculture
  • Services related to agro and allied sectors
  • 100%

    Automatic
    Plantation Sector
  • Tea sector including tea plantations
  • Coffee plantations
  • Rubber plantations
  • Cardamom plantations
  • Palm oil tree plantations
  • Olive oil tree plantations
  • 100% Automatic
    Mining Mining and Exploration of metal and non-metal ores including diamond, gold, silver and precious ores but excluding titanium bearing minerals and its ores 100% Automatic
    Mining (Coal & Lignite) 100% Automatic
    Mining Mining and mineral separation of titanium bearing minerals and ores, its value addition and integrated activities 100% Government
    Petroleum & Natural Gas Exploration activities of oil and natural gas fields, infrastructure related to marketing of petroleum products and natural gas,marketing of natural gas and petroleum products etc 100% Automatic up to 49% Above 49% under Government routein cases resulting in access to modern technology in the country
    Broadcasting
  • Teleports(setting up of up-linking HUBs/Teleports)
  • Direct to Home (DTH)
  • Cable Networks (Multi System operators (MSOs) operating at National or State or District level and undertaking upgradation of networks towards digitalization and addressability
  • Mobile TV
  • Head end-in-the Sky Broadcasting Service(HITS)
  • 100% Automatic
    Broadcasting Cable Networks (Other MSOs not undertaking up gradation of networks towards digitalization and addressability and Local Cable Operators (LCOs)) 100% Automatic
    Broadcasting Content Services
  • Terrestrial Broadcasting FM(FM Radio)
  • Up-linking of ‘News & Current Affairs’ TV Channels
  • 49% Government
    Up-linking of Non-‘News & Current Affairs’ TV Channels/ Down-linking of TV Channels 100% Automatic
    Print Media
  • Publishing of newspaper and periodicals dealing with news and current affairs
  • Publication of Indian editions of foreign magazines dealing with news and current affairs
  • 26% Government
    Publishing/printing of scientific and technical magazines/specialty journals/ periodicals, subject to compliance with the legal framework as applicable and guidelines issued in this regard from time to time by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. 100% Government
    Publication of facsimile edition of foreign newspapers 100% Government
    Civil Aviation – Airports Green Field Projects & Existing Projects 100% Automatic
    Civil Aviation – Air Transport Services
  • Scheduled Air Transport Service/ Domestic Scheduled Passenger Airline
  • Regional Air Transport Service
  • (Foreign Airlines are barred from Investing in Air India)
    100% Automatic up to 49% Above 49% under Government route 100% Automatic for NRIs
    Civil Aviation
  • Non-Scheduled Air Transport Service
  • Helicopter services/seaplane services requiring DGCA approval
  • Ground Handling Services subject to sectoral regulations and security clearance
  • Maintenance and Repair organizations; flying training institutes; and technical training institutions
  • 100% Automatic
    Construction Development: Townships, Housing, Built-up Infrastructure 100% Automatic
    Industrial Parks (new & existing) 100% Automatic
    Satellites- establishment and operation, subject to the sectoral guidelines of Department of Space/ISRO 100% Government
    Private Security Agencies 74% Automatic up to 49% Above 49% & up to 74% under Government route
    Telecom Services 100% Automatic up to 49% Above 49% under Government route
    Cash & Carry Wholesale Trading 100% Automatic
    E-commerce activities (e-commerce entities would engage only in Business to Business (B2B) e-commerce and not in Business to Consumer (B2C) e-commerce.) 100% Automatic
    Single Brand retail trading Local sourcing norms will be relaxed up to three years and a relaxed sourcing regime for another five years for entities undertaking Single Brand Retail Trading of products having ‘state-of-art’ and ‘cutting edge’ technology. 100% Automatic up to 49% Above 49% under Government route
    Multi Brand Retail Trading 51% Government
    Duty Free Shops 100% Automatic
    Railway Infrastructure Construction, operation and maintenance of the following
  • Suburban corridor projects through PPP
  • High speed train projects
  • Dedicated freight lines
  • Rolling stock including train sets, and locomotives/coaches manufacturing and maintenance facilities
  • Railway Electrification
  • Signaling systems
  • Freight terminals
  • Passenger terminals
  • Infrastructure in industrial park pertaining to railway line/sidings including electrified railway lines and connectivities to main railway line
  • Mass Rapid Transport Systems.
  • 100% Automatic
    Asset Reconstruction Companies 74% Automatic up to 49% Above 49% & up to 74% under Government route
    Banking- Private Sector 74% Automatic up to 49% Above 49% & up to 74% under Government route
    Banking- Public Sector 20% Government
    Credit Information Companies (CIC) 100% Automatic
    Infrastructure Company in the Securities Market 49% Automatic
    Insurance
  • Insurance Company
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Third Party Administrators
  • Surveyors and Loss Assessors
  • Other Insurance Intermediaries
  • 49% Automatic
    Pension Sector 49% Automatic
    Power Exchanges 49% Automatic
    White Label ATM Operations 100% Automatic
    Financial services activities regulated by RBI, SEBI, IRDA or any other regulator 100% Automatic
    Pharmaceuticals(Green Field) 100% Automatic
    Pharmaceuticals(Brown Field) 100% Automatic up to 74% Above 74% under Government route
    Food products manufactured or produced in India Trading, including through e-commerce, in respect of food products manufactured or produced in India. 100% Government

    Prohibited Sectors FDI is prohibited in the following sectors

  • Lottery Business like online lottery also private or the Government lottery or any other that is recognized as lottery
  • Gambling and Betting including casinos etc.
  • Chit funds
  • Nidhi company
  • Trading in Transferable Development Rights (TDRs)
  • Real Estate Business or Construction of Farm Houses (Real estate business does not include development of townships, construction of residential /commercial premises, roads or bridges )
  • Manufacturing of cigars, cheroots, cigarillos and cigarettes, of tobacco or of tobacco substitutes
  • Sectors which are not open to private sector investment like Atomic Energy & Railway operations (except for permitted activities)
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    The most popular sectors for foreign direct investment in India are infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, service, railways, textiles, chemicals.

    With an experience of serving clients for FDI requirement, our team of experts at CAONWEB can help you with fdi process in India. Our team can provide all fdi solutions as you need such as expert advice and compliance help in fdi policy in India, fdi process in India, fdi limits in India, feasibility in various sectors in FDI.

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