A passenger (tourist) is required to comply with certain provisions of the Indian Customs Law. The owner of any
Lady PassengerThe duty free allowance on
Male PassengerFor a male passenger, this has been raised to Rs 50,000 from Rs 10,000.
Moreover, precious stones will become cheaper as the basic customs duty has been cut to 2 per cent from 10 per cent on pre-forms of precious and semi-precious stones.
India Currency Regulations..
The baggage clearance at the major International Airports in India consist of two channels for clearance.
Green channel: not having any dutiable goods to declare.
Red channel: having dutiable goods to declare. Non declaration & wrongful declaration of the dutiable goods may attract confiscation of goods, fine or penalty. Serious
The Indian Revenue Department has specified a list of items, including the size, that can now be imported duty-free as part of the baggage.
This list includes:
Personal Jewellery 1 camera with film rolls not exceeding 20 1 video camera/camcorder with accessories and with video cassette not exceeding 12.
1 pair of binoculars.
1 music system, including compact disk player (CD Player).
1 portable typewriter.
1 tent and other camping equipment.
1 Electronic Diary.
1 portable wireless receiving set. (Transistor radio) Professional equipments, instruments and apparatus of appliances including professional audio/video equipment.
Sports equipment such as one fishing outfit
One canoe or range less than 51 meters long,
One pair of skis, two tennis rackets,
1 Cell Phone.
These goods, other than those consumed during the stay in India, are re-exported
CUSTOMS DUTY RATESRATE OF DUTY
II. The general rate of duty for items imported in excess of the permissible free allowance is 60% (Notification No. 136/90 as amended by Notification No. 20/2001-Cus dated 1-03-2001)
III. The rate of duty applicable to items in Annexure II imported by passengers transferring their residence or returning to India after a stay of 365 days abroad in the preceding two years is 30% (Notification No. 137/90 as amended by Notification No. 24/2002
IV. Alcoholic drinks and Tobacco products imported in excess of the free allowance are charged to duty at the rates applicable to their commercial imports.
These rates for some of the items are as follow
(i) Cigarettes - 150%
(ii) Whisky *
(iii) Wines and Beer *
V. Gold is charged with a duty of Rs. 250 per 10
VI. Silver is charged
The duty on Alcoholic Beverages is calculated in following manner
A. Suppose the value of
B. Basic Customs Duty (BCD say 100%) = Rs.100
C. Value plus BCD = Rs. 200
D. Additional Duty (AD say 75%) on C = Rs.150
E. Value + BCD +AD = Rs.350
F. Special Additional Duty (SAD 4%) = Rs.14
G. Total Duty (BCD+AD+SAD) = Rs. 264
Note: Incase the value of one item exceeds the duty free allowance, the duty shall be calculated only on the excess of such amount.
- It's always a double edge sword, a person not having correct knowledge might get into a lot of trouble.
- Even there is not a lot of information available online, and people are not always sure of what they are talking about customs.
- The decision whether to buy from abroad lies upon you, if you're willing to take the risk you might get the fruits as well.
- Remember You might not always have to pay customs.