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Intelligence agencies suggested a ban on such toys and the Ministry of Communication and IT issued a notification on September 16, 2010 (a copy of which is with SMD) and the Customs department was asked to confiscate all such imports. The ministry issued another letter on October 5, 2010 in which it cleared which frequencies were to be permitted.
Posted by Real Blogger at 6:52 AM 1 comments Is it a good idea to take Game Console to India ??
After paying indian customs... it will turn out cheaper in India Some consoles are region specific & doesn’t come with international warranty & moreover the games which are available in India will not work with some console because of the regional differences Most US / European consoles work on 110 volts and if you accidently plug it into 220/240............ and its really costly to sent it all the way to US/ Europe for repair...... it would too long be a period and you might end up paying whole lot.
Buy Step Down Converter 220 to 110 volts voltage converter, voltage transformer, international converter, voltage transformer If you ship it using a Carrier Using a carrier like DHL/Fedex/UPS will get your items through customs without any hassle, only that you'll have to pay duty.
Posted by Real Blogger at 6:52 AM 4 comments Taking LCD TV to India : Indian Custom Duty on LCD TV Can anyone confirm how much duty will be applicable on an lcd tv ?
The goods over and above the free allowances of 25K (which includes electronics and jewellery excluding one laptop) shall be chargeable at more then 35% customs duty - you need to pay duty on anything exceeding 25K Too many people are asking what K stands for ?
K stands for thousand Example 25K means 25 x 1000 = 25000 If you take it when you Return to India for Good, you will pay only 15% duty under Transfer of Residence Example Lets say you bought a TV costing 35000 Indian Rupees and you have other 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.
Reciepts / Bills / Invoice ?
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 india customs 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 underdeclaring value to avoid duty doesn't work anymore.
Do not try to bribe a customs officer to avoid the duty.
The penalties for being caught initiating a bribe are quite significant and unpleasant nowadays. You will have to tackle Indian customs on your own and if you have the knack and know how to deal with them, you can get away easily, else, you pay through your nose.
Voltage and Frequency differences Indian power voltage is 240 volts while the United States has 115 volts... you may need voltage converter and a plug adapter Which brand/model will work in India?
I want to buy a TV only after I am sure that it will work there.
The Digital broadcast standard selected by India is DVB-T while that in the U.S., it's ATSC. Analogue standards (PAl and NTSC) are incompatible too. Make sure the USA bought TV will work in India.
LCD TVs prices in India are very expensive compared to US.
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. (airlines cover it if its lost and not if it is broken) You get good LCD TVs in India which will work with Indian PAL standard and 240 volts and you'll get local warranty as well as support too.
Is It Risky To Carry A LCD 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’s 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 LCD TV The absolute best way to transport an LCD TV is in the original box with the original styrofoam forms that protected it - If its in the original packing, it should be able to survive the journey Assuming you can't do that, your best bet is to pack it as firmly as possible around the back, sides, and only the frame in front. Have nothing pressing on the screen itself.
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 US and taking it to India. Simply too many hassles.
We get so many postings that unfortunately, it will not be possible to respond to you individually.
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Free Allowance on Alcoholic drinks How many liquor bottles allowed to carry from abroad ?
Alcoholic liquor or wines upto 2 litres can be bought without paying duty Alcoholic drinks and Tobacco products imported in excess of the free allowance are charged to duty at the rates applicable to their commercial imports and not at the usual baggage duty rate.
The approximate rates of duty for these items:
Wine/Beer/Champagne upto USD $25 per case* :- 260.6% of the CIF value.
Whisky/Cognac/Brandy/Gin/Rum/Vodka - upto USD $ 10 per case* : 547% of the CIF value.
over USD $10 to $20 per case* : 416.12% of the CIF value.
Wine/Beer/Champagne over USD $25 and upto $40 per case* :- 208.06% of the CIF value.
Whisky/Cognac/Brandy/Gin/Rum/Vodka - over USD $20 to $40 per case* : 286.34% of the CIF value.
Alcoholic Drinks over USD $40 per case* :
Wine/Beer/Champagne - 146.26% of the CIF value.
Whisky/Cognac/Brandy/Gin/Rum/Vodka - 234.84% of the CIF value.
* 1 case = 9 litre. Pro-rata calculation to be made to determine value where the beverage comes in packages other than cases.
Looks like Indian Liquor Lobby is very Powerful Posted by Real Blogger at 6:51 AM 10 comments Jan 16, 2008 India Custom's Tariff Baggage Definition The term "Baggage" is defined as "Baggage that includes unaccompanied baggage but does not include motor vehicles". A passenger (tourist) is required to comply with certain provisions of the Indian Customs Law. The owner of any baggage shall, for the purpose of clearing it make a declaration of its contents to the customs officer (no written declaration is needed and oral declaration is usually acceptable).
The rate of duty and tariff valuation, if any, applicable to the baggage shall be the rate and valuation in force on the date, on which a declaration is made in respect of such baggage. In respect of the goods personally brought in by the passengers it means approximately the retail price of the goods paid abroad (always carry the original invoice/bill to settle the disputes).
India Custom Duty on Alcoholic Beverages
The approximate rates of duty for these items:
Taking LCD TV to India : Indian Custom Duty on LCD TV A tourist is a passenger....
Who is not normally a resident in India.
Who enters India for a stay of not more than six months in the course of any twelve months period for legitimate non-immigrant purposes, such as - touring, recreation, sports, health, family reasons, study, religious pilgrimage or business.
The prerequisites for treating any articles or goods as baggage is that they were in use of the passenger or were brought and paid for by the passenger.
Personal and household effects are treated as baggage and can be imported freely without any restriction as to the value of the goods. However they should be imported in reasonable quantities.
Goods in commercial quantities may be allowed to be imported as baggage based on the merits of the case.
India is making a concerted effort to make the airport experience a better one than historically; this includes attempting to make immigration/emigration and customs procedures simpler and more friendly.
Check Thokalath.com's Baggage Rules : India Tariffs for more Information Posted by Real Blogger at 7:45 PM 59 comments Customs Website Central Board of Excise and Customs website Central Board of Excise and Customs Official Baggage Rules Director General of Foreign Trade Customs - Chennai Customs - Cochin Customs - Hyderabad Customs - Jawahar Custom House, Mumbai Customs - Mangalore Air Cargo Customs, Mumbai Customs - Mumbai Central Excise - Chandigarh - 1 Central Excise - Delhi - I Customs and Central Excise - Bhubaneswar Customs and Central Excise - Calicut Commissionerates of Chennai - I / Chennai - II / Chennai - III Directorate of Valuation Directory of official websites of Government of India
Central Excise, Ahmedabad-I Central Excise Bangalore Customs Commissionerate - Ahmedabad Customs -Bangalore Customs and Central Excise Commissionerate - Bhubaneswar Central Excise & Customs - Calicut Commissionerates of Chennai-I / Chennai-II / Chennai-III Customs - Chennai Cochin Central Excise Commissionerate Customs - Cochin Central Excise - Delhi Zone Central Excise - Dibrugarh Customs - Hyderabad Indian Customs at IGI Airport, New Delhi Customs and Central Excise Commissionerate - Jammu & Kashmir Commissionerate of Customs (Preventive) - Jamnagar Commissionerate of Central Excise - Kanpur Customs - Kolkata Air cargo, Sahar, Mumbai Customs - Jawahar Customs House, Mumbai Customs - Mumbai Central Excise - Mysore Central Excise - Nagpur Central Excise Commissionerate - Puducherry Customs - Pune Central Excise Commissionerate - Shillong Central Excise Commissionerate - Surat-I Customs - Tuticorin Central Excise Commissionerate - Vadodara-II Custom House - Visakhapatnam Posted by Real Blogger at 7:15 PM 19 comments Registering a complaint : vigilance
If you have ever paid a Bribe Please Post it at I Paid a Bribe For dealing with complaints against corrupt practices by officers, the customs department has a separate vigilance organisation headed by the Directorate General of Vigilance. Any complaints of corruption against the officer can be logged with the D.G. Vigilance at New Delhi or the Zonal units of the Directorate of Vigilance.
In real life things are little different, 99% of the airport custom agents are corrupt Bribe Rates for Delhi Customs & Excise Mumbai customs is notorious for having people asking for bribes or to help you "cut through the line" The problem of people trying to bypass customs and customs officials harassing people arises because the people are not aware about the rules. The Indian customs officials use that to their advantage.
Grievance Redressal Mechanism
Grievances can primarily be divided into three categories:
Complaints of corrupt practices against officers Delay in decision making by officers.
Grievances against merits of the decision taken by officers.
How can you file a complaint?
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Central Vigilance Commission Lodge Complaint at CVC Frequently asked Questions (FAQ) on lodging Complaints at CVC.
As long as you are complying with the provisions of the law there is nothing to fear. In the event of any harassment by any officer, you may immediately contact the senior most officers on duty, usually the Deputy Commissioner of Customs. In case of demands for illegal gratification/graft, there are explicit directions/Notices at every airport on whom to contact???
About Indian Custom Officer Abrasive, arrogant, bloated, callous, cold, complex, corrupt, discourteous, heartless, inefficient, insensitive, lethargic, mindless, negative, obstructive, opaque, oppressive, ponderous, rude, wasteful, wooden Posted by Real Blogger at 6:39 PM 19 comments Prohibited and Restricted Goods India Customs Prohibited Items The term “Prohibited Goods” has been defined in sub-section 33 of Section 2 of the Customs Act as meaning “any goods the import or export of which is subject to any prohibition under the Customs Act or any other law for the time being in force” Taking LCD TV to India : Indian Custom Duty on LCD TV Toy Helicopters Ban Recently 6,000 toy helicopters confiscated from passengers over the last two years.
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(d) of the Customs Act (for import) and 113 (d) of the Customs Act (for export).
Manual: Import / Export Restrictions / Prohibitions under Customs law
Export of most species of wild life and articles made from flora and fauna such as Ivory, Musk, Reptile skins, Furs, Shahtoosh etc. is prohibited. For any clarifications passenger should approach the Regional Deputy Director (Wildlife Preservation) Govt. of India or the Chief Wildlife Wardens of State Governments posted at Calcutta, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
Prohibition on Export of Indian coins :No person shall take or send out of India the Indian coins which are covered by the Antique and Art Treasure Act, 1972.