February 6, 2008

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Import regulations by India Customs

Mumbai Airport

Temporary Banned Items by Indian Customs

From time to time Indian Customs ban certain item due to security reasons

Recently 6,000 toy helicopters confiscated from passengers over the last two years.

The Ministry of Communication and IT had instructed the airport Customs department in 2010 to seize high frequency radio-controlled toy helicopters owing to security reasons. Customs authorities, however, were not given guidelines on the disposal of the same and are now facing a space crunch in their warehouses.

Restrictions have been imposed on the import of aero models that run on high radio bandwidths because of their possible interference with the communication networks of security agencies.

Intelligence agencies suggested a ban on such toys and the Ministry of Communication and IT issued a notification on September 16, 2010 (a copy of which is with SMD) and the Customs department was asked to confiscate all such imports. The ministry issued another letter on October 5, 2010 in which it cleared which frequencies were to be permitted.

Is it a good idea to take Game Console to India ??

xBox, PS3 or Wii

After paying indian customs ... it will turn out cheaper in India

Some consoles are region specific & doesn’t come with international warranty & moreover the games which are available in India will not work with some console because of the regional differences

Most US / European consoles work on 110 volts and if you accidently plug it into 220/240 ............ and its really costly to sent it all the way to US/ Europe for repair ...... it would too long be a period and you might end up paying whole lot.

Buy Step Down Converter
220 to 110 volts voltage converter, voltage transformer, international converter, voltage transformer

If you ship it using a Carrier
Using a carrier like DHL/Fedex/UPS will get your items through customs without any hassle, only that you'll have to pay duty.

Taking LCD TV to India : Indian Custom Duty on LCD TV

You have to pay duty on all flat panel televisions

 (LCD, LED, Plasma etc).

Can anyone confirm how much duty will be applicable on an led, lcd tv ?

Update : 36.05% Tax on LCD / LED / PLASMA

Isn’t it covered under the Duty Free Allowance? 

No, Duty Free Allowance is not applicable to flat panel televisions since 26 August 2013. 

Customs Duty is applicable to flat panel televisions of ALL SIZES.

The goods over and above the free allowances of 25K (which includes electronics and jewellery - excluding one laptop) shall be chargeable at
more then 35% customs duty - you need to pay duty on anything exceeding 25K

Too many people are asking what K stands for ?
K stands for thousand
Example 25K means 25 x 1000 = 25000

If you take it when you Return to India for Good, you will pay only 15% duty under Transfer of Residence


The 36.05% is calculated based on cost price or market price in India?
36.05% on “assessed value”

The value will be assessed on arrival, based on parameters such as make, model, condition of the TV : whether new or old etc.

To help in assessment, Customs Officers have an internal database with popular TV models and their prices.

Please have your tv reciept handy in case of dispute.

Allowances cannot be pooled, even among family members.

Reciepts / Bills / Invoice ?
Always it is good to have receipts ready or you will end up paying customs duty for somewhat arbitrary value for the TV, fixed by the india customs

The duty is assessed on the "value" of the goods rather than the figure that may be written on any "invoice" produced by the importer. Customs have a database which is used to assess the value so underdeclaring value to avoid duty doesn't work anymore.

Do not try to bribe a customs officer to avoid the duty.
The penalties for being caught initiating a bribe are quite significant and unpleasant nowadays. You will have to tackle Indian customs on your own and if you have the knack and know how to deal with them, you can get away easily, else, you pay through your nose.

Voltage and Frequency differences 

Indian power voltage is 240 volts while the United States has 115 volts ... you may need voltage converter and a plug adapter 

Which brand/model will work in India?

I want to buy a TV only after I am sure that it will work there.
The Digital broadcast standard selected by India is DVB-T while that in the U.S., it's ATSC. Analogue standards (PAl and NTSC) are incompatible too. Make sure the USA bought TV will work in India.
LCD TVs prices in India are very expensive compared to US.

My parents are visiting us in the US right now. They want to take a 32" LCD TV back to India....... Is it Worth It ?

Some models of the TV's and Blue Ray Players now are multi Region (NTSC/ATSC/PAL/QAM)

When You use a SET-UP Box with HDMI Output (Reliance Big TV / SUN Direct / Airtel) you don't have to worry about PAL / NTSC cause they all relay DIGITAL Signal.

If you're planning to use this "LCD TV" as a computer monitor, then you can consider taking it to India.

Airlines will not charge anything additional, other than what they charge for an extra box/package as shipped with your baggage. (airlines cover it if its lost and not if it is broken)

You get good LCD TVs in India which will work with Indian PAL standard and 240 volts and you'll get local warranty as well as support too.

Is It Risky To Carry A LCD TV In Airline Luggage? Can It Be Damaged?
It can be risky! You can request that they label it fragile upon checking the item it. This does not guarantee it will arrive unharmed.

They may not allow you to check it in once you share its contents.

Should they allow, it still must meet the airline’s baggage requirements.

Most, if not all airlines, restrict baggage weight and size.

Baggage over 70lbs are restricted and if allowed you will be charged a set amount.

They also have restrictions based on length and height.

Transport LCD TV 

The absolute best way to transport an LCD TV is in the original box with the original styrofoam forms that protected it - If its in the original packing, it should be able to survive the journeyAssuming you can't do that, your best bet is to pack it as firmly as possible around the back, sides, and only the frame in front. Have nothing pressing on the screen itself.

You get good LCD TVs in India which will work with Indian standard and 240 volts and you'll get local warranty as well as support too.

There is no point in buying in US and taking it to India. Simply too many hassles.

We get so many postings that unfortunately, it will not be possible to respond to you individually.

India Custom Duty on Alcoholic Beverages

India Custom Duty on Alcoholic Beverages
Red Label Johnnie Walker / Chivas Regal

Latest Update 

India Custom Duty on Alcoholic Beverages

Free Allowance on Alcoholic drinks

How many liquor bottles allowed to carry from abroad ?

Alcoholic liquor or wines upto 2 litres can be bought without paying duty

Alcoholic drinks and Tobacco products imported in excess of the free allowance are charged to duty at the rates applicable to their commercial imports and not at the usual baggage duty rate.

The approximate rates of duty for these items:

Wine/Beer/Champagne upto USD $25 per case* :- 260.6% of the CIF value.
Whisky/Cognac/Brandy/Gin/Rum/Vodka - upto USD $ 10 per case* : 547% of the CIF value.
over USD $10 to $20 per case* : 416.12% of the CIF value.

Wine/Beer/Champagne over USD $25 and upto $40 per case* :- 208.06% of the CIF value.
Whisky/Cognac/Brandy/Gin/Rum/Vodka - over USD $20 to $40 per case* : 286.34% of the CIF value.

Alcoholic Drinks over USD $40 per case* :
Wine/Beer/Champagne - 146.26% of the CIF value.
Whisky/Cognac/Brandy/Gin/Rum/Vodka - 234.84% of the CIF value.

* 1 case = 9 litre. Pro-rata calculation to be made to determine value where the beverage comes in packages other than cases.

Looks like Indian Liquor Lobby is very Powerful

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