I am posting this for all to know that the Chennai/Thircy Customs are behaving in a very bullish and arrogant manner harassing incoming Indians from vacations after visiting places such a Singapore/ Dubai. I have three instances when our friends and relatives were forced to pay extra duty based on some arbitrary list held by the customs officials at the MAA airport in Chennai. Although they have the original invoice and the bill and the credit card payment slip the customs officers in charge insist with threats to pay up according to the list they hold which is anyway atrociously priced and out of limits. People have been fleeced out of 25K and more at times.
If you take it when you Return to India for Good, you will pay only 15% duty under Transfer of Residence
Let's say you bought a TV costing 35000 Indian Rupees and you have another Rs 10000 worth of duty items (excluding one laptop) So total Cost will be 35K + 10K = 45K. Out of this 25K is free allowances each person so you will end up paying duty on 20K
Allowances cannot be pooled, even among family members.
Always it is good to have receipts ready or you will end up paying customs duty for somewhat arbitrary value for the TV, fixed by the
The duty is assessed on the "value" of the goods rather than the figure that may be written on any "invoice" produced by the importer. Customs have a database which is used to assess the value so
Do not try to bribe a customs officer to avoid the duty.
The penalties for being
Voltage and Frequency differences
I want to buy a TV only after I am sure that it will work there.
The Digital broadcast standard selected by
My parents are visiting us in the US right now. They want to take a 32" LCD TV back to India....... Is it Worth It
Some models of the TV's and Blue Ray Players now are multi Region (NTSC/ATSC/PAL/QAM)
When You use a SET-UP Box with HDMI Output (Reliance Big TV / SUN Direct / Airtel) you don't have to worry about PAL / NTSC cause they all relay DIGITAL Signal.
If you're planning to use this "LCD TV" as a computer monitor, then you can consider taking it to India.
Airlines will not charge anything additional, other than what they charge for an extra box/package as shipped with your baggage. (
You get good LCD TVs in
Is It Risky To Carry A LCD/LED TV In Airline Luggage? Can It Be Damaged?
It can be risky! You can request that they label it fragile upon checking the item it. This does not guarantee it will arrive unharmed.
They may not allow you to check it in once you share its contents.
Should they allow, it still must meet the airline baggage requirements.
Most, if not all airlines, restrict baggage weight and size.
Baggage over 70lbs are restricted and if allowed, you will be charged a set amount.
They also have restrictions based on length and height.
Transport LED/LCD TV The absolute best way to transport an LCD/LED TV is in the original box with the original Styrofoam forms that protected it - If
You get good LCD TVs in India, which will work with Indian standard and 240 volts and you'll get local warranty as well as support too.
There is no point in buying in
NRIs are not converting
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