Certain goods are prohibited (banned) or restricted (subject to certain conditions) for import and/or export. These are
Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances
Pornographic and obscene material
Counterfeit and pirated goods and goods infringing any of the legally enforceable intellectual property rightsAero models (such as remote controlled
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
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
Medicines and drugs
Firearms and ammunition
Live birds and animals, including pets
Plants and their produce e.g.
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
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
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
Prepared by M.Ajmal Khan.