The below information is a brief summary of customs regulations when you plan your international shipping to India.Always double check with your local embassy or consulate to make sure you have all the information you need before you make your move. Contact the nearest Indian Embassy.

When you plan your international shipping to India, The following documents are required for customs clearance:

  • 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

When shipping goods overseas to India, The following items customs guidelines will need to be met:

  • 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
  • All shipments 100% inspected
  • Sea shipments must be shipped within 30 days of customer’s arrival and air shipments within 15 days of shipper’s arrival.

When shipping goods overseas to India, The following items are dutiable and/or restricted:

  • 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)
  • 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

When shipping goods overseas to India, The following items are prohibited from entry into the country:

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

When shipping Motor Vehicles overseas to India, The following documents and regulations will apply:

  • ALL VEHICLES including boats are subject to DUTY and very high taxes
  • Prior to Customs clearance, foreign nationals are required to furnish a bank bond for import trade authorities, stating not to sell the car for a specified period
  • Indians can sell the car immediately upon Customs clearance
  • Indians can import brand new cars up to 1600cc
  • Cars exceeding 1600cc must have been registered in the importers name abroad for at least one year
  • Documents required:
    • Owner’s passport indicating two years residence abroad (original)
    • Manufacturer’s invoice (original)
    • Customs Clearing Permit/Import License
    • Insurance Policy
    • Auto Registration Certificate
    • Keys
    • List of extras and purchase date

Moving Pets to India: The following documents must be presented for the importation of pets:

  • Health Certificate, rabies and other vaccinations required
  • One only of cat, dog, or parrot

When moving or shipping household goods overseas to the India, below are the duty and tax guidelines:

  • 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 50%.
  • The following items are dutiable at 25% (new or used)
    • -TV         -Air Conditioner
    • -VCR         -Refrigerator
    • -Washing Machine         -Deep Freezer
    • -LPG cooking Range         -Microwave Oven
    • -Dishwasher         -Video Camera
    • -Music System         -Word Processor
    • -Personal Computer         -FAX Machine

•                  If the total value of the above items exceeds RS 150,000,(approximately $4250) or items that exceed the one-piece limit will attract a duty of approximately 62%.

The regulations are subject to change without notice. Our companyis not liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.