Moving & shipping to india

Required Documents

  • Passport
  • Visa (if planning to reside in India for 1 year or more)
  • Itemized inventory with values in English noting date of purchased
  • Indian Customs Declaration Form (must be signed in customs officer presence)
  • Duty Exemption Certificate from the government of India if a diplomatic shipment
  • Insurance policy

Remarks: Shipper must be present in order to sign a declaration of contents in India. All shipments will be inspected.

Household Goods

Used Household Goods: Goods intended for personal use are duty-free for Indian nationals returning to India as well as those moving to India from other countries of origin under the following conditions:

  • Goods have been owned/used for a minimum of one (1) year prior to shipping
  • Indian citizens have resided outside of India for two (2) years and intend to stay in India for at least one (1) year
  • Shipments arriving by sea must be shipped within 30 days of the customer’s arrival
  • Shipments arriving by air must whip within 15 days of the customer’s arrival

Restricted and Dutiable

The following items are restricted or dutiable:

  • Large volumes of food, toiletries, cosmetics, etc.
  • Alcohol and tobacco products (alcohol products are subject to over 200% duty)
  • Only one of each type of appliance or electronic equipment is permitted
  • Consumables and new products
  • Equipment related to a specific profession may be permitted duty-free if the customer can provide sufficient evidence of his/her profession
  • Goods should not be shipped in manufacturer packaging
  • Golden and silver other than ornamental pieces


The following items are prohibited:

  • Plants (live)
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Narcotics
  • Pornographic material of any kind
  • Political literature
  • Weapons, ammunition, and firearms – unless licensed prior to moving


Duty/Tax: All vehicles are subject to high taxes and duty

Customs Clearance for Non-Natives: Those moving overseas must furnish a bank bond to the import trade authorities stating the car will not be sold for a specific period

Customs Clearance for Natives: Indian nationals may sell their cars immediately after clearance through customs. They may also import brand new cars with engines up to 1600cc.

Cars with Engines over 1600cc: Cars with engines exceeding 1600cc must be registered in the shipper’s name for one (1) year prior to shipping


  • Owner’s original passport showing a minimum of two (2) years residence overseas
  • Original manufacturer’s invoice
  • Important license/customs clearing permit
  • Insurance policy
  • Auto registration certificate
  • Automobile keys
  • Lists noting extras and date of purchase


Documentation: A health certificate is required

Vaccinations: The pet must be current on rabies as well as other vaccinations

Restrictions: You may only ship one (1) of each:

  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Parrot


Used Household Goods: If older than one (1) year they are duty-free

New Household Goods: This includes anything from furniture to cookware. Duty rate of at least 50% applies.

Miscellaneous Appliances: The following miscellaneous items are dutiable at a rate of 25%, regardless of whether they are new or used:

  • TV
  • Washing Machine
  • VCR
  • LPG cooking range
  • Refrigerator
  • Air Conditioner
  • Deep Freezer

Additional Duty: If the total of the items listed above exceed RS 150,000 of if you exceed the one-piece limit, you will be charge a duty of approximately 62%


  • Electric voltage is 230 V
  • Type C or D electrical plugs

For more info visit the India Customs Website.

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