India Custom's Tariff

Baggage Definition The term "Baggage" is defined as "Baggage that includes unaccompanied baggage but does not include motor vehicles". A passenger (tourist) is required to comply with certain provisions of the Indian Customs Law. The owner of any baggage shall, for the purpose of clearing it make a declaration of its contents to the customs officer (no written declaration is needed and oral declaration is usually acceptable)

The rate of duty and tariff valuation, if any, applicable to the baggage shall be the rate and valuation in force on the date, on which a declaration is made in respect of such baggage. In respect of the goods personally brought in by the passengers it means approximately the retail price of the goods paid abroad (always carry the original invoice/bill to settle the disputes).
A tourist is a passenger....
  • Who is not normally a resident in India.
  • Who enters India for a stay of not more than six months in the course of any twelve months period for legitimate non-immigrant purposes, such as - touring, recreation, sports, health, family reasons, study, religious pilgrimage or business.


The prerequisites for treating any articles or goods as baggage is that they were in use of the passenger or were brought and paid for by the passenger.

Personal and household effects are treated as baggage and can be imported freely without any restriction as to the value of the goods. However they should be imported in reasonable quantities. Goods in commercial quantities may be allowed to be imported as baggage based on the merits of the case.

India is making a concerted effort to make the airport experience a better one than historically; this includes attempting to make immigration/emigration and customs procedures simpler and more friendly.

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Customs Website

Central Board of Excise and Customs website






Commissionerates :
  • Central Excise, Ahmedabad-I

  • Central Excise Bangalore

  • Customs Commissionerate - Ahmedabad

  • Customs -Bangalore

  • Customs and Central Excise Commissionerate - Bhubaneswar

  • Central Excise & Customs - Calicut

  • Commissionerates of Chennai-I / Chennai-II / Chennai-III

  • Customs - Chennai

  • Cochin Central Excise Commissionerate

  • Customs - Cochin

  • Central Excise - Delhi Zone

  • Central Excise - Dibrugarh

  • Customs - Hyderabad

  • Indian Customs at IGI Airport, New Delhi

  • Customs and Central Excise Commissionerate - Jammu & Kashmir

  • Commissionerate of Customs (Preventive) - Jamnagar

  • Commissionerate of Central Excise - Kanpur

  • Customs - Kolkata

  • Air cargo, Sahar, Mumbai

  • Customs - Jawahar Customs House, Mumbai

  • Customs - Mumbai

  • Central Excise - Mysore

  • Central Excise - Nagpur

  • Central Excise Commissionerate - Puducherry

  • Customs - Pune

  • Central Excise Commissionerate - Shillong

  • Central Excise Commissionerate - Surat-I

  • Customs - Tuticorin

  • Central Excise Commissionerate - Vadodara-II

  • Custom House - Visakhapatnam

  • Registering a complaint : vigilance


    "Indian Customs Officers are masters in intepreting rules, regulations, circulars, notices etc according to their wills & fancies to harass individuals"

    The Directorate General of Vigilance is an attached office of the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) in the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India. It is headed by the Director General of Vigilance who is also the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Central Board of Excise & Customs.

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    For dealing with complaints against corrupt practices by officers, the customs department has a separate vigilance organisation headed by the Directorate General of Vigilance. Any complaints of corruption against the officer can be logged with the D.G. Vigilance at New Delhi or the Zonal units of the Directorate of Vigilance.

    In real life things are little different, 99% of the airport custom agents are corrupt Bribe Rates for Delhi Customs & Excise

    Mumbai customs is notorious for having people asking for bribes or to help you "cut through the line"

    The problem of people trying to bypass customs and customs officials harassing people arises because the people are not aware about the rules. The Indian customs officials use that to their advantage.

    Grievances can primarily be divided into three categories:
    • Complaints of corrupt practices against officers
    • Delay in decision making by officers.
    • Grievances against merits of the decision taken by officers.

    How can you file a complaint?


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    Central Vigilance Commission
    As long as you are complying with the provisions of the law there is nothing to fear. In the event of any harassment by any officer, you may immediately contact the senior most officers on duty, usually the Deputy Commissioner of Customs. In case of demands for illegal gratification/graft, there are explicit directions/Notices at every airport on whom to contact???


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    Prohibited and Restricted Goods


    India Customs Prohibited Items

    The term “Prohibited Goods” has been defined in sub-section 33 of Section 2 of the Customs Act as meaning “any goods the import or export of which is subject to any prohibition under the Customs Act or any other law for the time being in force”




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    Certain goods are prohibited (banned) or restricted (subject to certain conditions) for import and/or export.  These are goods of social, health, environment, wild life and security concerns. Some of them are listed below:  

    Prohibited Goods
    • Satellite Phone
    • Antiquities 
    • Wild life products
    • Human skeleton
    • Specified sea-shells
    • Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances
    • Pornographic and obscene material
    • Counterfeit and pirated goods and goods infringing any of the legally enforceable intellectual property rights
    • Aero models (such as remote controlled toy helicopters) that operate on high radio bandwidths because of their
    • possible interference with the communication networks of security agencies.
    • Indian coins which are covered by the Antique and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
    • Maps and literature where Indian external boundaries have been shown incorrectly, in view of Government of India.
    • Chemicals mentioned in Schedule 1 to the Chemical Weapons Convention of U.N. 1993.
    • Beef, tallow, fat/oil of animal origin
    • Exotic birds except a few specified ones
    • Wild animals, their parts and products
    • Specified Live birds and animals
     
    Restricted Goods
    • Drones
    • Medicines and drugs
    • Firearms and ammunition
    • Live birds and animals including pets
    • Plants and their produce e.g. fruits, seeds            
    • Endangered species of plants and animals, whether live or dead.  
    • Any goods for commercial purpose: for profit, gain or commercial usage.            
    • Radio transmitters not approved for normal usage            
    • Gold and Silver, other than ornaments (for import only)           
    • Currency in excess of prescribed limits
    • Telephone and telephony equipments of restricted frequencies
    • Certain Animals - Camel, Horses, Cattle
    • Semi processed hides and skins
    • Silk worms, silk worm seeds and cocoons
    • Family Planning Devices (NOC from Ministry of Health Required)
    • Vintage products, replicas of antiques or weapons
    • Sand and soil
    • Whole human blood plasma and certain products derived from human blood
    • Sandal-wood (except handicraft products & oil)




    Import and export of some specified goods may be restricted/ prohibited under other laws such as Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, Foreign Trade Policy Environment Protection Act, Wild Life Act, Indian Trade and Merchandise Marks Act, Arms Act, etc. Prohibition under those acts will also apply to the penal provisions of the Customs Act, rendering such goods liable to confiscation under section 111(d) of the Customs Act (for import) and 113 (d) of the Customs Act (for export).



    Export of most species of wild life and articles made from flora and fauna such as Ivory, Musk, Reptile skins, Furs, Shahtoosh etc. is prohibited. For any clarifications passenger should approach the Regional Deputy Director (Wildlife Preservation) Govt. of India or the Chief Wildlife Wardens of State Governments posted at Calcutta, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

    Prohibition on Export of Indian coins :-
    No person shall take or send out of India the Indian coins which are covered by the Antique and Art Treasure Act, 1972.

    Prohibition on export and import of foreign currency :-
    Except as otherwise provided in these regulations, no person shall, without the general or special permission of the Reserve Bank, export or send out of India, or import or bring into India, any foreign currency.


    Whenever planning to bring or take any unusual item please enquire about its permissibility for export or import before undertaking the journey. It’s a smart move to do so from both ports, exit and destination so that to ensure that you are inconformity with laws of both countries.

    Export and import of currency to or from Nepal and Bhutan :-

    Notwithstanding anything contained in these regulations, a person may –


    • take or send out of India to Nepal or Bhutan, currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes (other than notes of denominations of above Rs.100 in either case) ;
    • bring into India from Nepal or Bhutan, currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes (other than notes of denominations of above Rs.100 in either case) ;
    • take out of India to Nepal or Bhutan, or bring into India from Nepal or Bhutan, currency notes being the currency of Nepal or Bhutan.

    Frequently Asked Questions Faqs

    FAQs on India Baggage Rules and Customs

    Faq

    Free Baggage Allowance


    What is the free baggage allowance for international passengers flying into India?

    The free baggage allowance varies by airline and the class of travel but typically ranges from 15 kg to 30 kg for checked baggage. Carry-on luggage usually has a limit of 7 kg. Check with your specific airline for exact allowances.

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    Can I bring electronics into India?

    Yes, passengers can bring electronics for personal use. However, there are limits to avoid customs duty: one laptop per passenger is allowed without duty. For other electronics, consider the value limit of Rs45,000 for Indian residents and Rs50,000 for tourists, beyond which customs duty may apply.

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    Are there restrictions on bringing medicines into India?

    Yes, passengers can bring medicines for personal use, subject to certain conditions. A prescription or a medical certificate is required, and the quantity should be reasonable for the duration of the visit.

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    Can I carry gold or silver when traveling to India?

    Indian residents can carry gold jewelry up to an aggregate value of Rs1,00,000 for female passengers and Rs50,000 for male passengers without incurring customs duty. For silver, the limit is 100 grams. Non-residents and tourists can bring gold and silver into India, but it is subject to customs duty and other conditions.

    How much gold can you bring to India ?

    What are the regulations for carrying alcohol and tobacco into India?

    Passengers of legal drinking age (21 years and above) are allowed to bring up to 2 liters of alcoholic beverages. For tobacco, passengers can bring 100 cigarettes, or 25 cigars, or 125 grams of tobacco without incurring duty.

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    Is it possible to bring pets into India?

    Yes, pets can be brought into India, subject to compliance with health and vaccination regulations. Passengers must obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Animal Quarantine and Certification Service (AQCS) in India.

    How can I declare items that are over the duty-free allowance?

    Items over the duty-free allowance can be declared at the Customs Red Channel upon arrival. Passengers may need to fill out a declaration form and pay the applicable customs duty.

    What items are prohibited from being brought into India?

    The import of certain items is strictly prohibited, including narcotics, pornography, counterfeit currency, and goods infringing on copyright or trademark laws. Endangered species and certain wildlife products are also banned.

    What should I do if my baggage is delayed or lost?

    In case of delayed or lost baggage, immediately inform the airline handling your flight. Provide them with your baggage claim tags. Most airlines have a process in place to track and return lost baggage to its rightful owner.

    How can I carry foreign currency into or out of India?

    There's no limit to the amount of foreign currency a passenger can bring into or take out of India. However, amounts exceeding USD 5,000 (or equivalent) in cash or USD 10,000 (or equivalent) in travelers' cheques must be declared using the Currency Declaration Form (CDF).

    Can I bring food items into India?

    Yes, passengers can bring food items for personal use into India, but there are restrictions on certain products like dairy, meats, and seeds due to health and safety regulations. Packaged and processed foods are generally allowed but must be declared and may be subject to inspection.

    What is the process for carrying large amounts of currency when leaving India?

    While there is no limit to the amount of Indian Rupees you can carry within India, restrictions apply when traveling abroad. Indian residents are allowed to carry a maximum of INR 25,000 out of India. For foreign currency, the amount carried should not exceed the amount declared upon entry or the amount mentioned in the Currency Declaration Form, if applicable.

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    Are drones allowed to be brought into India?

    Importing drones into India for personal use requires compliance with regulations set by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Travelers must declare drones at customs and may need to secure special permission or fulfill specific criteria before bringing them into the country.

    How can I bring artwork or antiques into India?

    Artworks and antiques over 100 years old are subject to regulations and may require specific documentation proving their age and value. These items must be declared at customs, and it’s advisable to have relevant certificates or purchase receipts to avoid issues with customs.

    What should I do if I'm bringing items into India for commercial purposes?

    Items intended for commercial use or sale require a valid import license and are subject to customs duty. It's crucial to declare these items at the customs Red Channel and provide detailed invoices and documentation regarding the nature and value of the goods.

    Understanding these FAQs can help ensure a smooth experience with India's baggage rules and customs regulations, making your journey more enjoyable and hassle-free.

    Importing Firearms into India

    Importing Firearms and Ammunition

    Firearms

    Importing firearms and ammunition into India is governed by strict regulations to ensure public safety and national security. The process involves multiple government authorities and a stringent set of rules that must be adhered to. This article offers a detailed overview of the steps and legal requirements involved in importing firearms and ammunition into India.

    Transfer of Residence (TR) concession

    Importing firearms and ammunition into India under the Transfer of Residence (TR) concession involves specific regulations designed for Indian nationals or persons of Indian origin returning after an extended period abroad. This provision allows the import of personal belongings, including firearms, albeit under strict controls. To qualify for TR, applicants must have lived overseas for at least two years and not visited India for more than 180 days in the preceding two years.

    The process requires obtaining a license from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade and clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Firearms must be declared for a bona fide use, such as sporting, with evidence of involvement in shooting activities. Customs duties are applicable and vary based on the weapon’s value. Importers must also comply with the Arms Act of 1959 and the Arms Rules of 2016, ensuring all firearms are registered with local police upon arrival.

    Can NRI bring guns to India?

    Returning NRIs who have owned a gun during their overseas residency for over two years can apply for an Indian license and bring their firearm back to India with them.

    Legal Framework

    The import of firearms and ammunition in India is primarily regulated under the Arms Act of 1959 and the Arms Rules of 2016. These laws dictate the types of arms and ammunition that can be imported, who may import them, and the procedures for obtaining the necessary permissions.

    Licensing Requirements

    To import firearms or ammunition into India, an individual or entity must first obtain an Import License from the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and the Ministry of Home Affairs. The application for this license requires:

    • A valid reason for importation, such as sports or shooting competitions.
    • Membership details with recognized shooting clubs or associations if applicable.
    • A comprehensive background check and clearance from local police and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

    Customs and Excise Duties

    Upon arrival in India, firearms and ammunition are subject to customs duty. The rates can vary depending on the type and value of the firearm. Importers must declare their items accurately and pay the applicable customs duties and taxes at the port of entry.

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    What kind of gun can you own in India?

    In India, you can own non-prohibited bore firearms, which consist of rifles, shotguns, and handguns with a caliber smaller than .22 inches. Firearms categorized as prohibited bore include rifles and handguns with a caliber exceeding .22 inches. Additionally, prohibited weapons encompass machine guns, submachine guns, and assault rifles.

    Restricted and Prohibited Firearms

    Certain types of firearms are restricted or entirely prohibited from importation into India. These include automatic and semi-automatic firearms and certain types of ammunition. The list of prohibited items can be updated frequently, so it's important to consult the latest guidelines from the DGFT and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

    Transportation and Storage

    Once in India, the transportation and storage of firearms and ammunition are also strictly regulated. Importers must comply with safety regulations and secure storage requirements to prevent unauthorized access or misuse. This often involves registering the firearm with the local police station and ensuring secure storage in approved gun safes.

    Special Permissions

    Special permissions might be required for certain individuals or entities, such as armed forces personnel or government organizations. These cases are handled on a case-by-case basis and often involve additional scrutiny and verification.

    Importing firearms and ammunition into India is a complex process that requires careful consideration of legal and regulatory frameworks. Prospective importers must thoroughly understand and comply with all requirements to ensure a smooth and legal importation process. Engaging with legal experts or consultants who specialize in arms laws can provide valuable guidance and facilitate compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

    India Currency Regulations

    Navigating India's Currency Regulations: A Guide for Travelers

    When traveling to India, or indeed any international destination, understanding the local currency regulations and customs duties is crucial. Proper preparation and knowledge not only streamline your entry and stay but also prevent any unforeseen legal complications. Here's what you need to know about handling currency when visiting India, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience.

    Understanding India's Currency and Limits

    The Indian Rupee (INR) is the local currency, and while foreign currencies can be brought into India, there are limits and declarations to be mindful of:

    Foreign Currency: There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency or travelers' cheques a traveler can bring into India. 

    However, amounts exceeding USD 5,000 (or equivalent) in cash, or USD 10,000 (or equivalent) including travelers' cheques, must be declared to the Customs Authorities upon arrival using the Currency Declaration Form (CDF).

    Indian Rupee: Importing Indian currency is restricted. Indian nationals returning from abroad can bring up to INR 25,000. For foreigners, carrying Indian currency into the country is not allowed, with some exceptions for neighboring countries.

    Exporting Currency
    When leaving India, the rules are slightly different:

    Foreign Currency: The amount of foreign currency a traveler can take out of India is limited to the amount declared and recorded on the Currency Declaration Form at the time of entry, minus the amount exchanged within the country.

    Indian Rupee: The export of Indian Rupees is generally prohibited, with the exception allowing Indian nationals to take out up to INR 25,000.

    Encashment Certificate

    If you plan to exchange any remaining Indian Rupees back into foreign currency, be prepared to present your exchange receipts. These are crucial for the re-conversion process. It's imperative to conduct all currency exchanges at authorized centers such as banks and licensed money changers. These establishments provide an encashment certificate upon each transaction. This certificate is indispensable when you want to convert unspent Rupees back into your foreign currency. It serves as a record of the legal currency exchange and is a mandatory requirement, ensuring a smooth and compliant process when reclaiming your foreign currency before departure.

    Indian Rupee

    Exchanging Currency in India

    For your convenience and to get the best rates, it's advisable to exchange your currency at authorized banks, hotels, or international airports. Avoid unofficial dealers to ensure compliance with local laws and to get legitimate currency notes.

    Tourists should be aware that exchanging money through unauthorized dealers is not only against the law but also poses a significant risk of acquiring counterfeit currency. In India, it is an offense to exchange foreign currency with any entity other than banks or officially authorized money changers. It's important to note that the import or export of Indian currency is strictly prohibited, with the exception of Rupee travelers' cheques. Foreign banks maintain Rupee balances with their agents in India, enabling them to issue Rupee travelers' cheques to tourists.

    India boasts 24-hour exchange facilities in all major cities and international airports, ensuring convenience for travelers. The standard banking hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays, facilitating various banking needs. Additionally, international wire transfers are a viable option for sending money to India. This service is provided by numerous foreign banks and wire services such as Western Union, offering a secure and reliable method to transfer funds.

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    Customs Duties

    Being aware of the customs duties applicable to various goods you might carry is also essential. India has specific rules on goods like electronics, gold, and other valuable items. Knowing these can save you from unnecessary taxes or legal issues at the airport.

    Tips for a Smooth Experience

    • Plan Your Finances: Estimate your expenses and plan the amount of cash you'll need accordingly.
    • Keep Documentation Handy: Retain all currency exchange receipts and any declarations made. This documentation is vital for currency declaration and re-conversion to foreign currency upon departure.
    • Stay Informed: Currency and customs regulations can change. Check the latest guidelines from the official website of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) or the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) before your trip.

    A little planning goes a long way in ensuring your trip to India is as smooth as possible. Familiarizing yourself with the country's currency regulations and customs duties allows you to navigate the financial aspects of your journey with confidence. This preparation not only ensures compliance with Indian laws but also enhances your travel experience, letting you focus on the rich cultural and historical offerings of India.

    India Currency: Indian Rupee ₨ INR

    Indian Rupee

    Indian Rupee INR

    The Indian rupee (Hindi: रुपया) is the currency of India.

    The issuance of the currency is controlled by the Reserve Bank of India. The most commonly used symbols (abbreviated) for the rupee are Rs, ₨ and रू.

    The ISO 4217 code for the Indian rupee is INR.

    The modern rupee is subdivided into 100 paise (singular paisa) or in laymans term One Rupee is equal to 100 Paise

    Indian Coins in various denominations

    Indian Coins

    More Information about Indian Coins
    India became independent on 15 August 1947 and was left with a legacy of non-decimal coinage. One rupee was divided into 16 annas or 64 pice, and each anna was equal to 4 pice. In 1957, India shifted to the decimal system, but for a short period both decimal and non-decimal coins were in circulation. To distinguish between the two, the coins minted between 1957 and 1964 have the legend "Naya Paisa" ("new" paisa). The denominations in circulation were 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50 paise and 1 rupee.

     




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