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Relocation Services : Customs Information
IMPORT CUSTOMS RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR PERSONAL & HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS BEING SHIPPED TO INDIA :

  • We wish to inform you that as per the Indian Customs regulations, alcohol in excess of two litres is regulated. Therefore, we recommend that alcohol less than two litres only, should be loaded in the shipment or mentioned in the documents.
  • The following new/old items are covered under Transfer of Residence (TR) rules and customs duty (@ 15% of the value adjudicated) is levied on them :
  • Color Televisions / Monochrome Televisions.
  • Digital Video Disc Players.
  • Video Home Theatre Systems.
  • Dish Washers.
  • Music Systems.
  • Air Conditioners.
  • Domestic Refrigerators (of capacity above 300 litres or its equivalent).
  • Deep Freezers.
  • Microwave Ovens.
  • Video Cameras or a combination of any such Video Camera with one or more of the following goods, namely :
    • Television Receiver.
    • Sound Recording or Reproducing Apparatus.
    • Video Reproducing Apparatus.
  • Word Processing Machines.
  • Word Processing Machines.
  • Fax Machines.
  • Portable Photocopying Machines.
  • Vessels.
  • Aircrafts.
  • Cinematographic films (of 35 mm and above).
  • Gold or Silver, in any form, other than ornaments.
C) The following old items (in possession & use for one year or more) are free of customs duty, when covered under Transfer of Residence (TR) rules : 1. Video Cassette Recorder or Video Cassette Player or Video Television Receiver or Video Cassette Disk Player. 2. Washing Machine. 3. Electrical or Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cooking Range. 4. Personal Computer (Desktop Computer). 5. Laptop Computer (Notebook Computer). 6. Domestic Refrigerator (of capacity upto 300 liters or its equivalent). D) Please note that only one item will fall in the Transfer of Residence category (if any of the above items are in duplicate) and customs duty @ 35% of the value adjudicated, will be levied (on the second, third or fourth, etc. items). The total value of the items falling under T.R category should not exceed Rs. 5,00,000/- otherwise they will attract 35% customs duty on the additional value. E) Customs duty @ 35% of the value declared will be levied on all new items which are not mentioned in the above list (S.Nos.: C & D). All other old items (i.e. in the customer’s possession and use for at least one year) – not mentioned above - are allowed to be imported free of customs duty. F) Educational Cess is levied @ 2 % on the total Duty. G) However a diplomat's personal or household effects may be cleared free of any duty against a Duty Exemption certificate issued by the Indian Ministry of Extemal Affairs (subject to the provision of contraband and prohibited goods and the Ministry's requirements), irrespective of the items being new or old or part of the above list of 17 items (serial "C & D" above) as single units or more. The diplomat's mission will have to apply to the Ministry with a complete list of items (in the shipment) on which duty exemption is sought. H) Air shipments must be dispatched (from the origin) airport within 15 days after the arrival of the passenger in India. Sea shipments must be dispatched (from the origin sea port) within one month after the arrival of the passenger in India. They may also arrive at the Indian airport or sea port 2 months prior to the arrival of the passenger India. They will however be subject to demurrage/detention as (& if) applicable; since the customer must be present in India to enable his goods to be imported through customs. I) Food Stuff: Please take our advice before shipping food stuff/provisions, alongwith personal effects/household goods, since there has been a recent change in the customs regulations and details are complicated. J) Dogs, Cats and Birds are allowed in with valid health and inoculation certificates, subject to a clearance of the Animals Quarantine and Certificate Service authorities in India. Parrots require a special certificate. We would request you to take our advice before booking any pet to India; to know the current regulation for importing pets into India, (which have also been revised recently). However, a diplomat's personal pets may be cleared free of duty against a Duty Exemption certificate issued by the Indian Ministry of Extemal Affairs (subject to the Ministry's requirements). Import of plants is complicated so please take our advice before shipping such goods. Rules for Import of motor vehicles/Bikes into India are very detailed, conditional &•complicated. Please take our advice before planning any such shipment to India. However diplomatic motor vehicles/Bike are allowed to be imported free of duty if covered by a Duty Exemption certificate issued by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (subject to the Ministry's requirements).

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED FOR IMPORT CLEARANCE OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS & PERSONAL EFFECTS :
(a). DIPLOMATIC
Original Bill of Lading, Packing List, Authority Letters, Baggage Declaration Form, Copy of Passport duly attested and Duty free Exemption Certificate.
(b). NON-DIPLOMATIC
Original Bill of Lading, Packing List, Authority Letters/Power of Attomey, Baggage Declaration Form and Original Passport.
PS : 'Transfer of Residence' is the best option for non-diplomats importing a regular shipment WITH the best benefits and very low customs duties. The customer should have been abroad for at least 2 years prior to his arrival in India and the goods should have been in his possession and use for at least one year. He is expected to then stay in India for at least one year (which means that a visa for one year or above is required). The above requirements are relaxable upto certain limits (and further at the discretion of Indian Custom Authorities). Please feel free to contact us for specific details regarding Transfer of Residence rules. This benefit is available to both Indians & foreigners. Tourists, however, may avail of special facilities which we can advisee you on a case-to-case basis.

FOR FOOD STUFF :

The rule on (new) foodstuff for foreign nationals, temporarily residing in India, is that they can import even new foodstuff into India (upto a total value of Rs. 1,00,0001- per annum) without any payment of duty. Every time (new) foodstuff is imported, the import value of that foodstuff is noted on the customer's passport to check that the figure of Rs. 1,00,0001- is not exceeded. However, import of beef or products with beef is not allowed.
                                                                                
 
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