Custom Procedures

Required Documents

  • Passport for all family members.
  • Visa (to reside in India for at least one year).
  • Inventory, valued in English (indicating date purchased) and itemized (brand, model and serial number of all major appliances must be noted and in English).
  • Indian Customs Declaration Form (to be signed in presence of Customs Officer).
  • Diplomatic shipments require Duty Exemption Certificates from the government of India.

Insurance policy.

Customs Regulations

  • Shipper must be present in India at the Time of Customs Clearance in order to Sign a Declaration of comments and entry is made in Passport.
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty-free for foreign nationals and Indians transferring residence to India provided:
  • The goods have been owned and used for a minimum of one year prior to importation.
  • Indian Citizens have resided outside the country for two years and intend on staying in India for a year.
  • Foreign nationals produce a visa valid for one year and get FRRO done.
  • All shipments 100% inspected.
  • Sea shipments must be shipped within 30 days of SHIPPERS arrival and air shipments within 15 days of shippers an arrival.

Dutiable / Restricted Items

  • Large quantities of cosmetics, toiletries, food, etc.
  • Tobacco and alcohol products (alcoholic products attract duties over 200%).
  • Electronic equipment and appliances (only one of each is allowed) . One Lap top and PC is allowed.
  • New items and consumables.
  • Professional equipment may be imported duty-free with evidence/certificates proving qualifications of profession to Customs.
  • Manufacturers cartons should not be used for shipping; it is recommended that goods be re-packed and tags and brochures (for new items) not be put in the cartons.
  • Gold or silver in any form other than ornaments.

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons, firearms and ammunition (unless licensed in advance)
  • Live plants
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Pornographic material
  • Narcotics
  • Politically sensitive literature

Duty and Tax Rate

  • All used Household Goods (more than 1 year old) are duty-free.
  • All new articles, whether furniture, crockery, etc., are charged a duty of at least 40.8%.
  • The following items are dutiable at 15% (new or used).

Prohibited Items

  • TV -Air Conditioner
  • VCR -Refrigerator
  • Washing Machine -Deep Freezer
  • LPG cooking Range -Microwave Oven
  • Dishwasher -Video Camera
  • Music System -Word Processor
  • FAX Machine

If the total value of the above items exceeds RS 500,000,(approximately $12000) or items that exceed the one- piece limit will attract a duty of approximately 40.8%.

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