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Prohibition on export and import of foreign currency :Except as otherwise provided in these regulations, no person shall, without the general or special permission of the Reserve Bank, export or send out of India, or import or bring into India, any foreign currency.
A Prohibited items:
Pornographic and obscene materials Maps and literature where Indian external boundaries have been shown incorrectly.
Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
Counterfeit goods and goods violating any of the legally enforceable intellectual property right Chemicals mentioned in Schedule 1 to the Chemical Weapons Convention of U.N. 1993.
Wild life products Specified Live birds and animals Wild animals, their parts and products Exotic birds except a few specified ones Beef, tallow, fat/ oil of animal origin.
Specified Sea-shells Human skeleton
B Restricted items:
Telephone and Telephony equipments of restricted frequencies.
Arms and ammunition.
Certain plants and their produce, Seeds Medicines and drugs Certain Animals – Camel, Horses, Cattle Semi processed hides and skins Silk worms, silk worm seeds and cocoons Family Planning Devices (NOC from Ministry of Health Reqd) Vintage products, replicas of antiques or weapons Sand and soil Whole human blood plasma and certain products derived from human blood.
Sandal-wood (except handicraft products & oil) Whenever planning to bring or take any unusual item please enquire about its permissibility for export or import before undertaking the journey. It’s a smart move to do so from both ports, exit and destination so that to ensure that you are inconformity with laws of both countries.
Export and import of currency to or from Nepal and Bhutan :Notwithstanding anything contained in these regulations, a person may – take or send out of India to Nepal or Bhutan, currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes (other than notes of denominations of above Rs.100 in either case) ;
bring into India from Nepal or Bhutan, currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes (other than notes of denominations of above Rs.100 in either case) ;
take out of India to Nepal or Bhutan, or bring into India from Nepal or Bhutan, currency notes being the currency of Nepal or Bhutan.
Posted by Real Blogger at 6:00 PM 75 comments Frequently Asked Questions Faqs
India Customs Faqs Page I got a High End Camcorder in a very reduced price in a sale & have original bills! What price will be considered while calculating my total carrying into India ?
If you can produce sufficient evidences like invoice, price list at sale etc. the value declared by you will be accepted.
The Indian Customs will have the approximate value of popular Items (make/brands). You can also get a copy of the manufacturers brochure/printed pricelist of the item, from any dealer and that can be shown to Customs What is the Duty on laptops?
According to the new rules, a person of 18 years of age can get a laptop to India duty free as a part of baggage Read Laptop Rules for more Info With respect to valuation of goods do Customs consider the price before tax or after tax?
Customs Duty is imposed on the actual amount paid abroad for an item, inclusive of any tax.
All tax imposed by authorities abroad are considered if you have paid the tax along with the price. In cases like items purchased from duty free shops abroad, the buyer does not pay the tax or pay lesser tax. So the price considered here include no tax or less tax in those cases. In short, customs duty is imposed on the actual amount paid abroad for an item, inclusive of any tax.
Can free allowances of two or more passengers be added up (pooled or combined) to bring more goods duty free or pay lesser duty ?
This is a question frequently asked by passengers travelling with family or by passengers travelling in groups.
Say, for example, husband and wife are travelling together and each of them get Rs.25000 free allowance.
Suppose, a TV worth Rs.30000 is being brought. The TV can be declared in the name of one passenger only - either the husband or wife but not both. The person who declares the item has to pay duty on Rs.5000, which is the excess value over his/her duty free allowance, although the husband and wife can bring a total of Rs.50000 worth goods free of duty separately.
On the other hand, say, a handycam worth Rs.25000 is declared by the husband and a music system also worth Rs.25000 is declared by the wife. Then both the items can be cleared duty free as these belong to the baggage of different persons. Had the husband declared both the items as his baggage, he would have to pay duty on Rs.25000 - the amount by which his duty free allowance would exceed. So far as free allowance is considered, each passenger is considered to be travelling separately with his/her own baggage and their duty is assessed on an individual basis, not on the basis of a group or a family.
What is Excise Duty?
Is it collected by the State Government or the Central Government in India?
How is it different from Sales Tax?
Excise duty is a tax on manufacture or production of goods. Excise duty on alcohol, alcoholic preparations, and narcotic substances is collected by the State Government and is called "State Excise" duty. The Excise duty on rest of goods is called "Central Excise" duty and is collected in terms of Section 3 of the Central Excise Act, 1944. Sales Tax is different from the Excise duty as former is a tax on the act of sale while the latter is a tax on the act of manufacture or production of goods.
What are the Indian Customs Restictions on Prescription Medicine ?
There is no difficulty in Customs clearance, as long as the medicines are in quantities sufficient for his consumption and as long as he has the necessary prescriptions/ Doctors certificate Is There any Duty on Computer Software or Software Games ?
Computer software does not attract duty presently and may change Do used mobile phone handsets also attract customs duty?
Used mobile phone sets also attract duty. However, you can have the benefit of depreciation on the value on which you pay duty in case of old & used items.
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