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In order to aid you in moving to India we have gathered customs information. We advise you to carefully review the information relating to moving to India. You may find more up to date information at your local consulate or embassy. Please note, customs regulations are subject to change at any time. GEM Relocations cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.


Documentation Required
  1. Passport for all family members
  2. Visa (to reside in India for at least one year)
  3. Inventory, valued in English (indicating date purchased) and itemized (brand, model and serial number of all major appliances must be noted and in English)
  4. Indian Customs Declaration Form (to be signed in presence of Customs Officer)
  5. Diplomatic shipments require Duty Exemption Certificates from the government of India
  6. Insurance policy
Customs Regulation
  2. Used household goods and personal effects are duty-free for foreign nationals and Indians transferring residence to India provided:
  3. The goods have been owned and used for a minimum of one year prior to importation
  4. Indian Citizens have resided outside the country for two years and intend on staying in India for a year
  5. Foreign nationals produce a visa valid for one year
  6. All shipments 100% inspected
  7. Sea shipments must be shipped within 30 days of customers arrival and air shipments within 15 days of shippers arrival.
Dutiable and Restricted Items
  1. Large quantities of cosmetics, toiletries, food, etc.
  2. Tobacco and alcohol products (alcoholic products attract duties over 200%)
  3. Electronic equipment and appliances (only one of each is allowed)
  4. New items and consumables
  5. Professional equipment may be imported duty-free with evidence/certificates proving qualifications of profession to Customs
  6. Manufacturers cartons should not be used for shipping; it is recommended that goods be re-packed and tags and brochures (for new items) not be put in the cartons
  7. Gold or silver in any form other than ornaments
Prohibited Items
  1. Weapons, firearms and ammunition (unless licensed in advance)
  2. Live plants
  3. Walkie-talkies
  4. Pornographic material
  5. Narcotics
  6. Politically sensitive literature
Motor Vehicles
  1. ALL VEHICLES including boats are subject to DUTY and very high taxes
  2. 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
  3. Indians can sell the car immediately upon Customs clearance
  4. Indians can import brand new cars up to 1600cc
  5. Cars exceeding 1600cc must have been registered in the importers name abroad for at least one year
  6. Documents required:
  7. Owner's passport indicating two years residence abroad (original)
  8. Manufacturer's invoice (original)
  9. Customs Clearing Permit/Import License
  10. Insurance Policy
  11. Auto Registration Certificate
  12. Keys
  13. List of extras and purchase date
Animals and Pets
  1. Health Certificate, rabies and other vaccinations required
  2. One only of cat, dog, or parrot
Duty and Vat
  1. All used Household Goods (more than 1 year old) are duty-free
  2. All new articles, whether furniture, crockery, etc., are charged a duty of at least 50%.
  3. The following items are dutiable at 25% (new or used)
    1. -TV
    2. -Air Conditioner
    3. -VCR
    4. -Refrigerator
    5. -Washing Machine
    6. -Deep Freezer
    7. -LPG cooking Range
    8. -Microwave Oven
    9. -Dishwasher
    10. -Video Camera
    11. -Music System
    12. -Word Processor
    13. -Personal Computer
    14. -FAX Machine
  4. If the total value of the above items exceeds RS 150,000,(approximately $4250) or items that exceed the one-piece limit will attract a dut of approximately 62%.
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