Moving to India
John Mason International can facilitate your move from the UK to India. We can provide both sea freight and air freight services for your move to India depending on your requirements. For sea freight options, we provide both sole use container and shared container options. Your International Move Consultant can discuss your shipping options with you during your pre-move survey.
Living in India
Moving to India has many perks. There are world class schools for children and you can live a high-quality life for a much lower price. Let’s not forget the delicious cultural food available everywhere!
Customs Regulations in India
There are a number of things to bear in mind when shipping to India. Foreign nationals moving to India i.e. transferring their residence to India should be able to import their household goods which have been owned and used for one year duty free. There are certain exceptions however and restricted items, some of which are detailed below (applicable to non-diplomatic shipments and subject to certain conditions being met by the transferee).
Electrical appliances are subject to duty dependent on the value of the item. This includes household electrical appliances such as TVs, DVD players, Microwaves, Computers, Printers, Air conditioning units, Fridges about 300L etc.
Duty will be charged on new household items.
Foodstuffs & Alcohol
Foreign nationals ban bring in foodstuff duty free up to a value of USD 2000. Foodstuffs imported by Indian nationals will be subject to duty. Different regulations apply for Foreign nationals who are already residing in India, contact us for further information if required.
Beer, wine and spirits attract high levels of import duties.
Customs Clearance in India
You will need to be in India before the shipment arrives and be present in the country until the shipment clears customs.
Shipping a Car to India
Foreign nationals transferring their residence to India are allowed to import one vehicle subject to the car being owned and used for at least a year. Import duties will be due on the car upon arrival in India. Import of a new car is allowed but subject to pollution requirements. Right hand drive vehicles only are allowed for both owned and used and new cars. The original invoice obtained when purchasing the vehicle will be required for customs clearance. Find out more about shipping a car.
Moving a Pet to India
John Mason International prides itself in looking after the entire family from the youngest, to the fluffiest members, we can help! For Exports from the UK, we usually collect pets a day or 2 before their trip and bring them to our facilities close to Heathrow, Gatwick, Glasgow or Manchester airports. Our process involves our vet examining your pet for their Export Health Certificate, which means they are fit to fly. Our team will take care of all the necessary Exports and Customs paperwork to make sure your pet is all ready to go.
Moving Your Money to India
Moving abroad can be a stressful time so whether you are emigrating or relocating, we are here to make the moving of your money to India as simple and stress free as possible. John Mason International FX provides a complete range of currency exchange services allowing you to transfer your money to India with a click of a button.
Finding a job in India
With its thriving economy and strong jobs market, India offers great career potential. Having relevant experience and qualifications will put you one step ahead for securing your dream job.
Buying a House in India
In India, it’s illegal for foreign nationals to buy a property in India unless they satisfy the residency requirement. Once you’ve permanent residency, you do not require any more approvals as you get the same rights as any Indian citizen.
Getting a Visa for India
You are required to register with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) or local police station if you intend on staying in India for longer than 180 days. You should register within 14 days of your arrival in India, irrespective of your length of stay. Learn more about obtaining an international visa.
Please bear in mind that customs regulations can change on a regular basis, please contact us if you require further information regarding your move to India. A full Customs Guide to India is available upon request.