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Just want to tell you that you have an excellent crew who was able to deliver a first class service. All of the crew was professional, polite and very nice gentlemen.

I have troops of over 370 officers working for me in the office and your crew is as good as my officers. If I were you, I would feel very proud of them. Please pass my compliments to them and let the Boss know as well.


Documents Required

  • Shipper's Original passport.
  • Visa (to reside in India for at least one year)
  • Inventory, valued in English (indicating date purchased) and itemized (brand, model and serial number of all major appliances must be noted and in English)
  • Indian Customs Declaration Form (to be signed in presence of Customs Officer)
  • Diplomatic shipments require Duty Exemption Certificates from the government of India
  • Insurance policy

Custom Regulations

  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty-free for foreign nationals and Indians transferring residence to India provided:
    • The goods have been owned and used for a minimum of one year prior to importation
    • Indian Citizens have resided outside the country for two years and intend on staying in India for a year
  • Foreign nationals produce a visa valid for one year
  • All shipments 100% inspected
  • Sea shipments must be shipped within 30 days of customers arrival and air shipments within 15 days of shippers arrival.

Dutiable/Restricted Items

  • Large quantities of cosmetics, toiletries, food, etc.
  • Tobacco and alcohol products (alcoholic products attract duties over 200%)
  • Electronic equipment and appliances (only one of each is allowed)
  • New items and consumables
  • Gold or silver in any form other than ornaments

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons, firearms and ammunition (unless licensed in advance)
  • Live plants
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Pornographic material
  • Narcotics
  • Politically sensitive literature

Motor Vehicle

  • ALL VEHICLES including boats are subject to DUTY and very high taxes
  • Prior to Customs clearance, foreign nationals are required to furnish a bank bond for import trade authorities, stating not to sell the car for a specified period
  • Indians can sell the car immediately upon Customs clearance
  • Indians can import brand new cars up to 1600cc
  • Cars exceeding 1600cc must have been registered in the importers name abroad for at least one year
  • Documents required:
    • Owner's passport indicating two years residence abroad (original)
    • Manufacturer's invoice (original)
    • Customs Clearing Permit/Import License
    • Insurance Policy
    • Auto Registration Certificate
    • Keys
    • List of extras and purchase date


  • Health Certificate, rabies and other vaccinations required
  • One only of cat, dog, or parrot

Duty and Tax Rate %

  • All used Household Goods (more than 1 year old) are duty-free
  • All new articles, whether furniture, crockery, etc., are charged a duty of  35% plus 3% levy.
  • The following items are dutiable at 15% (new or used) plus 3% Levy  


-Air Conditioner



-Washing Machine

-Deep Freezer

-LPG cooking Range

-Microwave Oven


-Video Camera

-Music System

-Word Processor

-Personal Computer

-FAX Machine

  • If the total value of the above items exceeds RS 500,00.00,(approximately $11,000) or items that exceed the one-piece limit will attract a duty of approximately 35% plus 3% levy.


Note - Customs regulations are subject to change without prior notice.

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