In General, If you are travelling from USA, Canada, Australia, Europe,.. and aged above 18 years... stayed more then 3 days abroad... carried on the person (carry on baggage) or as accompanied baggage (checked baggage)... you are entilted
Duty Free Allowance and 1 Laptop
Notebook Computer / iPad / Tablet
(Each person above 18 years / one Laptop Duty Free + unlimited used personal effects (excluding jewellery)
Layman's Terms CBEC Circular
If you are 18+ years and has stayed more then 3 days overseas...
then you are allowed 1 Laptop (Notebook) per Passenger
Free of Customs Duty . Duty Free Allowance doesn't apply to the laptop
Desktop, LCD and Other Computer Accessories
are not covered under Laptop Rule
Customs Website: One laptop computer (notebook computer) over and above the said free allowances mentioned is also allowed duty free if imported by any passenger of the age of 18 years and above
Import as Gift Custom Circular Import of goods upto the value of Rs. 5,000/- is allowed as gift, duty free. This exemption is allowed only for bonafide gifts imported by air or post. For the purpose of calculation of this value of Rs. 5,000/- the air freight or postal charges paid are not added.
What should you do when you leave India?
If you intend taking out with you articles of high value such as a camera, laptop, notebook computer, video camera or jewellery, be sure to ask the Customs Officer, at the time of your departure, for an export certificate for such articles. He will examine the items and certify that they are being taken out of India by you.
Keep this certificate safe with you and when you return to India, show the Certificate to the Customs Officer who will then be able to pass these free of duty.
The advantage of having the Export Certificate is that the concessions you are entitled to, when you return, are not affected.
Please take special care to obtain an Export Certificate in respect of jewellery that you intend to take out to avoid any problem on your return.
Goods taken out from India by a passenger while going abroad can be imported again into India free of duty provided the passenger had received an export certificate from the Customs in respect of that particular item while going abroad.
FAQs on Laptop / Notebook Imports into India Import cost for a laptop in india
Is it custom free if i import laptop from outside india?
I might get a laptop as a gift from USA, what will be the charge when i receive it india including all charges ? it is a gift will there be any customs duty?
- Yes it will be too costly if u need to pay custom duty... ask some one to carry it along as a luggage and show it as personal item
I have 2 laptops >> One I had bought from India. Are Both Duty Free ?
- If you are lucky you can walk away without any hassles but recently I had taken my Laptop on my trip; fortunately i had taken a Customs Export Certificate; when I landed at Bombay the customs officer insisted on seeing that certificate or he would have levied customs duty on that. I think it is matter of luck.
- Laptops are Cheaper In USA
- Warrenty may not be covered in India if the device is bought in USA. [ Check the New Ruling by Consumer Court about HP Warranty ]
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