Relocation to India
There are four things expats should consider for overseas shipping to India. These include documents, duties, taxes and restrictions.
Documents include passports and visas for all family members relocating to India, a detailed inventory in English of all items in shipment, a Declaration Form to be signed in the presence of a Customs Officer and proof of insurance. There are specific items that will never be allowed to enter the country, including weapons and ammunition, illegal drugs, plants, handheld transceivers and all materials with pornographic or politically sensitive content. Those bringing all sorts of vehicles for land and sea can expect very high duties.
Regulations for removals to India also require that all household items should be in the possession of the shipper for at least a year for them to be allowed duty-free. Otherwise, minimum duties of 50% will be charged. There are items, however, which carry duties of at least 25% whether they are used or unused. These include household appliances such as TVs, air-conditioners, refrigerators, dishwashers, microwave ovens and others. For a complete list, it is best to check the Indian customs website. Expats shipping their goods by air have to be in India fifteen days ahead of shipment and 30 days for goods shipped by sea.
Movers in India can offer indispensable professional help for all expats who need to import some possessions into the country. These removal companies know the process inside out and as long as all requirements are all complied with, expats should find it easy shipping their goods.
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