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.
Importing Vehicles into 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.
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.