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Import Documentation

To enable clearance for CITES shipments, please ensure CITES Certificate is forwarded by Express service.
Importers must provide documents Know Your Customer (KYC) and authorization Power of Attorney (POA) to UPS as per Customs requirements prior to customs clearance.

This is mandatory for all import non-document shipments (consigned to Companies or Individuals) to India irrespective of the value.

Low Value Non Dutiable Shipment Effective June 2015, all Gifts and Samples shipments will be subjected to 100% physical Customs examination. Service delays may be expected.

Low Value Dutiable Shipment With effect from 17th June 2015, all low value dutiable shipments will be held by Customs until Power of Attorney from consignee and Know Your Customer (KYC) documentation are submitted to Customs in strict accordance to the Courier regulations.

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

In addition to the commercial invoice, a packing list is mandatory for multiple package shipments and must be provided by the shipper.
Export Procedure ex Germany

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN).

The EAD has to accompany the shipment. UPS is responsible for the exit clearance at the EU border.

Informal Declarations

An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export).

The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements

Shipments up to a value of 1000 EUR can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice. For shipments above 1000 EUR, a formal export declaration is required.

UPS service

UPS offers the service of making formal export declarations for customers with billable German UPS accounts. German exporters without simplification as so called approved exporter have to calculate a minimum of one working day for the competent customs office to process their declaration. However in practice, the export declaration must be placed within the opening hours of the customs office of export, as sufficient time must be allowed for the customs office to perform risk analysis and grant the release for export. On release of the goods, the customs office of export will provide the export accompanying document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN).

UPS will provide the customer with the EAD including MRN which must accompany the shipment and be transmitted to the customs office of exit. The export shipment/s may be collected after release for exportation.

For cases of goods not exceeding 3000 EUR in value per consignment and per declarant and which are leaving the European Union by air movement and are not subject to prohibitions or restrictions the customs declaration may be lodged directly with the customs office of exit. The customs office of exit performs the risk analysis, releases the goods for export and confirms the exit of the goods. The declaration can be placed any time and the customs office of exit provide and MRN. The export shipment/s may be collected after receiving the MRN.

For further information please refer to the UPS website: www.ups.com/content/de/de/about/news/service_updates/20131227_eur_EDS.html?srch_pos=1&srch_phr=Export+Declaration+Service&WT.svl=SRCH

Alternatively, UPS offers a web-based application for customers to create electronic export declarations on their own - please refer to the following website - https://ups.atlas-netz.de/

Export Documentation

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Clearance Information

Only Documents and Letters should travel in Docs Bag . All other items other than (documents & letters ) should travel as Non- Dox Bag as per Indian customs Regulation. It has been observed items like swatches , CDs , modems , security tokens are being sent in Dox bag which is non-compliant as per Indian customs law. Any discrepancies found in this will be passed on to the Origin in form of penalties (if any) levied by the Indian customs.

A Master Air Waybill (MAWB) is required for chemical shipments, valuable cargo (such as industrial abrasive and synthetic diamond powder) of any value, and shipments with a value over 100,000.00 Indian rupees (INR). This allows shipments for different consignees to travel on one MAWB. The shipments will be cleared in the destination cargo terminal as airfreight.

To facilitate Customs clearance, all airfreight shipments arriving in Mumbai (Bombay) will be sorted and trans-shipped to the nearest domestic airport as follows:

  • Eastern Zone: Calcutta Airport
  • Karnataka Zone: Bangalore Airport
  • Northern Zone: Delhi Airport
  • Southern Zone: Madras, Hyderabad, Cochin Airport
  • All other destinations: Mumbai (Bombay) Airport

    Delhi customs gives flexibility to customers. Shipments arriving at Delhi Airport directly with value higher than US$100,000.00 and with different MAWBs will be customs cleared via cargo / freight mode. A pre-alert should be sent to Delhi Brokerage team prior to shipping so necessary clearance arrangements can be made at destination. Otherwise, additional delays are expected since local brokerage will need to make explanation to local customs in order to transfer shipment from courier mode to cargo mode. This is due to all shipments arriving in Delhi airport being treated as low value shipments and customs cleared through courier mode.

    Name Email ID Phone Number
    Sandeep Pandey psandeep@ups.com 91 11-47898915
    Amit Kalra kalraamit@ups.com 91 11-47898917
    Prasant Jena pkjena@ups.com 91 11-47898918
    Rahul Jain jrahul@ups.com 91 11-47898922
    Karan Sharma skaran@ups.com 91 11-47898923

    Bond-transfer of packages reduces the clearance time and can help consignees because no permits or licenses are transferred to Mumbai (Bombay) for clearance. India sends a cargo arrival notice (CAN) using Next Day Air when confirmation of cargo is received from the airline. If the consignee does not respond, a reminder is sent. Thereafter the shipper is notified.

    Express parcels shipped On Board Courier (OBC) and valued less than 50,000.00 INR are assessed "general cargo" duty, provided the items are legitimate commercial samples or prototype goods. Shipments valued below 5,000.00 INR are duty-free.

    Duty and taxes are not refundable. Shippers should be advised that if the consignee refuses to pay duty, then the duty would be billed back to the shipper. Consignees located outside Mumbai or Delhi are notified of the arrival of express parcels by Next Day Air or Registered Post.

  • All import shipments into India which includes documents, letters and non-document shipments should accompany with a valid air waybill. The waybill should be scanned in IDIS along with invoice and any other document provided by the shipper. As per India Customs regulations, air waybill is a mandatory document to process and obtain release of the shipment. If waybill is not available in IDIS, shipment will experience a delay due to Customs hold.
    The consignee must have an import/export code (IEC) number to receive items shipped for commercial use.

    Failure to include the shipment's value on the invoice will cause Indian Customs to make their own valuation for duty purposes. On this value, duty must be paid and cannot be disputed by UPS. If the consignee does not agree to the duty amount, the consignee must take up the matter directly with Customs.

    Indian Customs rejects import when Non- Documents are found in a document bag. The Customs regulator in India does not permit shipping non documents in documents. RTS of such shipments is subject to Customs permissions and will attract fine and penalties.

    All non-document shipments must be cleared within 30 days from the date of arrival. Otherwise, Customs will abandon the shipment.

    For other requirements, please refer to Invoice section.

    E-Way bill

    As per the new tax regime, goods having a value of more than INR 50,000 (Approx. USD 750) that transit across the states in India whether for IMPORT/EXPORT purpose will require a document called E-Way bill.

    When applicable, these documents are mandatory to be shipped along with the goods by the supplier. UPS has a robust system and procedure to help the shippers / consignee to create the E Way bill to ensure compliance and timely deliveries. Please call UPS helpline for more information.

    The BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) is a national Standards Body under the aegis of Department of Consumer affairs, Govt. of India and is engaged in standardization and conformity assessment activities under the provisions of BIS Act, 2016 and Rules & Regulations framed thereunder.

    BIS is operating a product certification scheme (link: https://bis.gov.in/?pageid=2143) for foreign manufactures under which licenses are granted to manufactures located outside India for use of BIS Standard Mark on their products to ensure that the products under compulsory certification conforms to relevant Indian Standards. Also BIS grant licenses for the products for the products which are under voluntary certification, if any foreign manufacture wishes to supply its products with Standard mark.

    Shipments being cleared through the port of Bangalore are being carefully scrutinized and examined by Indian Customs, particularly for HS 9804 (personal goods) shipments.

    Indian Customs is reviewing commercial invoices & supporting documentation for proof of value to check against underdeclared shipments. Customs processing delays may occur as a result.

    The term Gift or Sample must be mentioned in the invoice for shipment of gift and sample. Value of the shipment-samples only-must be below INR 10,000 in order to file for duty free clearance.

    GIFTS ONLY -

    With effect from 12 December 2019 all gift articles imported in India will attract duties and Taxes, The change is applicable with immediate effect for all such articles imported from any origin as gifts, irrespective of their declared value or utility to the receiver.

    Labeling and Marking Rules require that Maximum Retail Price (MRP), generic name of product, month and year of entry in trade channel, importers name and address and quantity in standard unit are shown on principal display panel of packages.

    The labeling and marking rules apply to the import of prepackaged commodities for retail sale only.

    Packaged commodities means packaging of any article or goods whether in any bottle, tin wrapper or otherwise intended for sale whole sale of retail distribution or delivery or stored for sale/distribution and would include pre-packaged commodity and group or whole sale package.

    Countervailing duty (CVD) is levied on MRP price. The remaining duties are derived from declared invoice values

    Shipments containing the following items-namely Gold, Silver, Precious and semi-precious stones, pearls, other precious metals, diamonds , synthetic diamond powder, diamond abrasives and jewelry-cannot be shipped as OBC (Express mode i.e. Courier in Indian terminology).

    India Customs Regulations do not allow clearance of such shipments from the Courier Terminal.

    Shipments of such nature must be shipped under a separate MAWB and should travel under Cargo mode only. MMTC (Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation), DPCC (Diamond Plaza Cargo Complex) and other Customs authorized agencies are the Custodians for deposition and clearance of such shipments. All such shipments irrespective of the invoice value require a formal Entry clearance by filing a Regular Bill of Entry (Custom Entry). A pre-alert to destination brokerage is mandatory for smooth clearance. Non adherence to the Customs policy will attract Seizers or Fine penalties or both.

    UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

    Areas Served

    Service is provided to and from certain cities. Please check INTLDI Time in Transit when shipping to see if specific Postal Code is served.
    UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

    Sunday, and official holidays.
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    Billing Options

    • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
    • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
    • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
    • COD Deliveries for ISC Shipments is not possible for India. All shipments should be sent Free Domicile( F/D ) Billing Term.
    • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
    • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
    • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
    • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
      • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
    • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges
    • The freight and duties can be billed to the shipper or a third party
    • The taxes can be billed to the receiver or a third party
    • A surcharge will be applied for the SDV billing option

    Commodity Specific Stipulations

    There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to India. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

    It is mandatory to have an IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identification ) Number clearly indicated on all mobile phones imported into India. The IMEI numbers should also reflect on the commercial invoice.
    Shipments of clothing/fabrics/garments/textiles, other than samples and personal shipments, require No-Objection Certificate from the Textile Ministries of India. 3-4 days of delays may occur.

    Certificate of origin and laboratory test certificate from an accredited laboratory in origin country or territory are required.

    Shipments of medicine require a No-Objection Certificate from the Assistant Drug Controller. Pharma samples and shipments of chemicals are subject to stringent examination and are cleared after obtaining a No-Objection certificate from Assistant Drug Controller of India.

    The Commercial invoice should clearly state the scientific/chemical name of the commodity. If only the common trade name of the commodity is listed on the invoice, this will create a delay in clearance. The commodity description should be such that it is easily identified by the Custom Authorities and other agencies.

    Films for training, educational, and in-house advertising purposes must be accompanied by full documentation and a written synopsis of the films' content. All film and videocassettes are subject to censorship and Customs duty, which will delay clearance. The consignee is responsible for the payment of any charges pertaining to the import.

    All films should have the following on the accompanying invoice:

    • Country or Territory of Origin.
    • Contents and title of the film.
    • Purpose of Import.

    For beta tapes and films, Customs requires a copy of the agreement made between the buyer and the seller or any other document of sale where the value of the contents is clearly stated.

    Shipments of food require a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

    Individual importer can apply NOC by sending an explanation letter and a passport copy to FSSAI. Approval is solely based on FSSAI's discretion.

    If any jewelry shipments import into India, customs will asses import duty of approximately 13% on the value of items.

    If jewelry shipment is coming in for repair & return from customer, then the consignee must have proof the shipment has exported from India, otherwise customs will assess import duty.

    If the shipment is Gold, silver, precious or semi- precious items, it should be examined by custom officer & for this process UPS will charge RS 2500.00 (approximately US$53.00), no matter the value of shipment.

    The importer must be registered with India customs (import must have (IEC) Import Export Code, or customs will assess a fine).

    All import shipments consisting of leather (finished or raw), leather accessories/items, animal skins etc require No-objection from Wildlife Regional Office (WLRO) prior to customs clearance.

    Certificate of origin reflecting the commodity details is a mandatory requirement to obtain No-objection from WLRO.

    All medical products, devices, and supplies, including diagnostic kits, will require a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Health Department. Personal shipments, regardless of quantity and value, will also require a NOC.

    The NOC should be obtained upon shipment arrival. The consignee will have to provide a letter explaining what the item is and the purpose of import to the Health Officer. UPS India can provide assistance for submitting the NOC applications provided all documents required are available.

    A delay of one additional day is expected.

    Laboratory equipment and devices do not need to conform to this requirement. A catalog is required for duty assessment purposes.

    Shipments of medicine require a No-Objection Certificate from the Assistant Drug Controller. Pharma samples and shipments of chemicals are subject to stringent examination and are cleared after obtaining a No-Objection certificate from Assistant Drug Controller of India.

    The Commercial invoice should clearly state the scientific/chemical name of the commodity. If only the common trade name of the commodity is listed on the invoice, this will create a delay in clearance. The commodity description should be such that it is easily identified by the Custom Authorities and other agencies.

    Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirements of Compulsory Registration)

    With effect from July 3rd, 2013, Indian Government requires manufacturers, sales outlets or Indian importers to have their Electronics and Information Technology goods registered by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) approved laboratory prior to importation, distribution or sale in India.

    Products must be labeled with "Self declaration - Conforming to IS " upon successful registration with BIS.

    This is applicable to 15 types of products as per listed below.

    Information Technology Equipment:

    • Laptop/Notebook/Tablet
    • Monitor (min.32")
    • Printer/Plotter
    • Scanner
    • Wireless Keyboard
    • Telephone Answering Machine
    • Set Top Box
    • Automatic Data Processing Machine

    Audio, Video and Similar Electronic Apparatus:
    • Plasma/LCD/LED TV (min.32")
    • Optical Disc Player w/ amplifier (min.200W)
    • Amplifier (min.2000W)
    • Electronic Music System (min.200W)
    • Electronic Game (Video)

    Additional information on this compulsory registration can be obtained at the following website: http://bis.org.in/other/ITCompReg.htm

    Necessary documents to be submitted:

    1. Self Evaluation and Declaration
    2. Test Report from BIS recognized laboratories
    Shipments of nutritional supplements require a No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued by the Drug Controller.
    Shipments of radios and radio equipment require an import license from the Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing, Ministry of Communication.
    Sample shipments cannot exceed 10 pieces of the same model. Samples without clear descriptions are subject to a Customs inspection. Brochures, catalogs, and advertising literature cannot be shipped as samples. These items are subject to import duties regardless of value.
    Shipments of satellite equipment require an import license from the Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing, Ministry of Communication.
    Secured/RSA tokens are dutiable and should not be shipped as documents. An invoice with the actual value of the token based on the agreement between the sender and the receiver is required for customs clearance. Customs may re-assess the declared value.
    Videocassette tapes for training, educational, and in-house advertising purposes must be accompanied by full documentation and a written synopsis of content. All film and videocassettes are subject to censorship and Customs duty, which will delay clearance. The consignee is responsible for the payment of any charges pertaining to the import.

    All films should have the following on the accompanying invoice:

    • Country or Territory of Origin.
    • Contents and title of the film.
    • Duration of the film.

    For beta tapes and films, Customs requires a copy of the agreement made between the buyer and the seller or any other document of sale where the value of the contents is clearly stated.

    The Government of India has made it mandatory for all mobile phones imported into India to have a clearly identified IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identification ) Number. The IMEI numbers should also reflect on the commercial invoice.
    Shipments of textiles require a Testing Certificate, issued by the Textile Ministries of India, for contents of hazardous dyes. Clothing containing hazardous dye will not be customs cleared.
    The Government of India has recently announced that Importation of toys into India under India's Customs Classification numbers 9501, 9502 and 9503 is now prohibited up to January 23, 2010, except for those accompanied by the following certificates:

    • A certificate that the toys being imported conform to the standards prescribed in ASTM F963 or standards prescribed in ISO 8124 (Parts I-III) or IS 9873 (Parts I-III) or standards prescribed in EN71
    • A Certificate of Conformance from the manufacturer that representative samples of the toys being imported have been tested by an independent laboratory which is accredited under International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement and found to meet the specifications indicated above. The certificate would also link the toys in the consignment to the period of manufacture indicated in the Certificate of Conformity.
    Shipments of vitamins require a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Drug Controller.

    Gift Exemptions

    0.00 Indian Rupee INR
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    no gift exemption

    There is no gift exemption limit in India.

    Invoice Requirements

    Non-document shipments to India must include 1 original and 2 copies of an invoice.

    All invoices must show a declared value for Indian Customs.

    All invoices require incoterms to be stated.

    Import Export Code (IEC) registration of importer (does not apply if imported by individual person).

    Non-IEC Import: In case of non-availability of valid IEC of importer; Indian Customs will levy penalty on importer for allowing clearance. In case of F/D account in such cases; India UPS will automatically bill back penalty/demurrage/duty to the shipper account without any further ERN approval.Availability of Hawb & Invoice image on IDIS is mandatory to ensure priority clearance.

    Goods & Service Tax (GST) ID Requirements

    Effective July 2017, 100% of all import shipments are required to have the Importers GST ID provided in order to submit the Bill of Entry. If the Importers GST ID is not included on the Commercial Invoice, other provided documentation, or previously received, then the Importer must provide the appropriate GST ID to UPS as per Customs requirements prior to customs clearance. Failure to provide the Importers GST ID prior to arrival will prevent UPS from submitting the Bill of Entry timely and will result in delayed processing.

    Mandatory Forms of GST ID

    Commercial shipments (where the Importer is a proprietor, partnership, joint venture, corporation, etc.) must have:

    A state-specific GST ID Number, with the first two numbers matching the 2-digit state code for the state listed on the Importers address on the Commercial Invoice, AND Permanent Account Number (PAN Number), AND Import Export Code (IEC) Number

    Individual shipments must have:

    Passport Number OR Aadhaar ID Number OR PAN Number.

    Without the above mandatory documentation, India Customs will not allow import clearance into India.

    The invoices should show a correct value of the commodity even if there is no transaction between the buyer and the seller. "Value for Customs Purposes only" should not be stated on the invoice as this may cause the shipment to be hold by Customs for valuation. Thus, clearance will be delayed until the value is cross-checked or re-assessed based on Customs methods.

    All pro forma invoices must be completed on the supplier's letterhead stationery and signed.

    The consignee's name and contact number (preferably Mobile number) must appear on the waybills and invoices in order to expedite the clearance process.

    Mis-declaration of value, quantity or commodity
    All mis-declaration cases will be adjudicated and fine and penalty is levied based on the merits of violation of Import Trade Control regulations.

    Adjudication process involves hearing of the Importer/Consignee for an explanation. This process may take up to 2 months until a final fine and penalty order is issued.

    UPS Paperless Invoice is available for small package exports from this country or territory.
    UPS Paperless Invoice is accepted by Customs for small package imports into this country or territory.

    Items Classified as Documents

    The destination country or territory considers the following items document shipments. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet those criteria to be considered a document shipment.

    Airline tickets must be issued to an individual name to be classified as a document.
    Considered documents below 5 Kgs.

    Any Brochures having samples, fabric samples etc should be keyed and confirmed as non-documents.

    Considered documents below 5 Kgs.

    Any catalogs having samples, fabric samples etc should be keyed and confirmed as non-documents..

    Document quantity limit 1-10 envelopes.
    Document weight limit up to 5 kgs.
    Document weight limit up to 5 kgs.
    Document weight limit up to 1 kg.
    Considered documents below 5 Kgs.

    Any Pamphlets having samples, fabric samples etc should be keyed and confirmed as non-documents..

    Company photographs only.
    Intercompany publications only.
    Only used traveler's checks are classified as documents. Unused Traveler's Checks are classified as non-documents.

    UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

    Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

    In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to India.

    Antique shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older.
    Artwork shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

    Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

    Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

    The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

    As per the latest notice issued by Mumbais Customs Commissioner, consumables/perishables are not allowed to be imported and customs cleared through the Mumbai express terminal, effective immediately.

    Instruction from Mumbais Commissioner is that such commodities will need to be transferred from the express terminal to the cargo terminal for importers to complete the clearance procedure as per cargo regulation.

    Please ensure such commodities are not sent through express mode to avoid delay in clearance.

    The items in scope are prohibited from being sent through express for commercial use. The items below cannot be sent as gifts or as samples-

    Perishables goods, Plants and seeds, Precious and semi-precious stones, Gold and silver, Nutritional supplements, Drugs and cosmetics, Confectionary, Dried and fresh fruit, Vegetables, Spices, Honey, Chocolate, Tinned food, Meat and animal products, Milk and milk products, Medicines for commercial use.

    If any of the above mentioned items are sent for personal use, clearance and delivery will be subject to approval from Mumbai Customs. As of January 31, 2019, this regulation has only been enforced at Mumbai Airport. UPS, along with Indias Express Industry Counsel is working with Mumbai Customs to ensure minimal impact to our customers.

    UPS is working on contingency plans to ensure current and potential imports through Mumbai are successfully cleared.

    Drones are prohibited goods under the Indian Customs Act.

    All airport and cargo customs officers have been notified about the regulation and made clear that drones should be restricted/prohibited item for India, and should not be allowed to enter into India at any cost, no matter if its an toy drone or a professional drone.

    All E-Cigarettes and parts required for a E-Cigarette are completely prohibited in India for Export and Import.
    Any form of arms and ammunition is strictly prohibited including any form of toy gun or gun replica.
    Emirates and Lufthansa (used by UPS to ship to and from Mumbai, India) have an embargo on Lithium Ion Battery type UN3480 (PI 965 ).
    Shipments of Lithium Metal Batteries are prohibited on Emirates Airlines flights which UPS uses to this destination country or territory.

    Alternative arrangements are in place, but expect transit delays if the normal planned flow of the package is via Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Time in Transit may be extended due to solution found.

    Maps depicting incorrect India boundaries are prohibited.
    Passports can only be sent to an Embassy in India.
    As per the latest notice issued by Mumbais Customs Commissioner, consumables/perishables are not allowed to be imported and customs cleared through the Mumbai express terminal, effective immediately.

    Instruction from Mumbais Commissioner is that such commodities will need to be transferred from the express terminal to the cargo terminal for importers to complete the clearance procedure as per cargo regulation.

    Please ensure such commodities are not sent through express mode to avoid delay in clearance.

    The items in scope are prohibited from being sent through express for commercial use. The items below cannot be sent as gifts or as samples-

    Perishables goods, Plants and seeds, Precious and semi-precious stones, Gold and silver, Nutritional supplements, Drugs and cosmetics, Confectionary, Dried and fresh fruit, Vegetables, Spices, Honey, Chocolate, Tinned food, Meat and animal products, Milk and milk products, Medicines for commercial use.

    If any of the above mentioned items are sent for personal use, clearance and delivery will be subject to approval from Mumbai Customs. As of January 31, 2019, this regulation has only been enforced at Mumbai Airport. UPS, along with Indias Express Industry Counsel is working with Mumbai Customs to ensure minimal impact to our customers.

    UPS is working on contingency plans to ensure current and potential imports through Mumbai are successfully cleared.

    Personal effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories.
    Shipments of seeds require a No-Objection Certificate from the Plant and Quarantine Office.
    Shipments of used electrical & electronic equipment (for example, used computers, CRT, RAM, electrical or electronic assemblies and etc.) require a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Ministry of Environment & Forest (MOEF). The Consignee is responsible for the application of the NOC.
    India prohibts importation of used items of any nature, whether for personal, commercial or professional use unless consignee is able to obtain a Special Import License (SIL) granted by the Director General of Foreign Trade in India.

    Saturday Delivery

    Saturday Delivery Available: Yes

    Not available in all areas. Always check the international time in transit system for details of service availability within a country or territory.

    Service Options

    Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

    • UPS Worldwide Expedited
    • UPS Worldwide Express
    • UPS Worldwide Express Plus
    • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
    • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
    • WorldWide Economy DDP
    • WorldWide Economy DDU
    • WorldWide Express Freight Midday

    Special Clearance Requirements

    Gift Shipments

    Al gift articles imported into India will attract duties and Taxes-for all such articles imported from any origin as gifts, irrespective of their declared value or utility to the receiver.

    At export, the invoice should indicate the following:

  • A clear and detailed description of the goods
  • Serial Number
  • Model Number
  • Clear indication that it is a Repair and Return shipment
  • Country or Territory of origin of goods
  • Value of goods

    Upon completion of repair works, at re-import, the invoice should indicate:

  • A clear and detailed description of the goods
  • Serial Number
  • Model Number
  • Clear indication that it is a repair and return shipment
  • Country or Territory of origin of goods
  • Value of goods
  • Repair or replacement charges

    Duty will be applied on the total cost of the repair, return freight charges, and insurance.

  • Goods can be cleared as Duty Free if the invoice value is below INR 10000 and invoice clearly states SAMPLES  FREE OF COST.
    New requirements have been implemented for both small package and WWEF shipments and are based on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, which is entitled "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". ISPM 15 was adopted internationally in 2002, and is gradually being introduced by countries or territories worldwide. Wood or wood products covered by ISPM 15 include items such as packing cases, boxes, crates, drums or similar packing, pallets, box pallets and other load boards, pallet collars and skids, but exclude such processed woods as orientated strand board, particle board, plywood or veneer, created using glue, heat and pressure or a combinations thereof, and, raw wood which is 6mm or less thick. It is recommended that if a question arises on this issue, please check with the authority that issues the Phytosanitary certificates in your country or territory
    Ata Carnet

    Ata Carnet is a document for the temporary import of exhibition goods only, which have to be re-exported within 6 months of import.

    Triptyque

    Triptyque is a document showing particulars of road vehicles imported by a tourist. The shipment is free of duty temporarily, and subject to the following conditions:

  • The tourist should be a member of the International Automobile Club or Association.
  • The certificate should be guaranteed Western India Automobile Association.
  • Only a 6-month stay is allowed, but it can be extended another 6 months by the central government for sufficient cause.
  • A "grace" period for hospitalization or for repairs is excluded.
  • At the time of departure, identity of the vehicle should be established to the satisfaction of the Assistant Commissioner.

    Raw Materials

    An importer can import raw materials meant for value-addition and then re-export them. The importer must conduct this process within the Customs' bonded warehouse or in the export processing zones where the importation of raw materials is duty-free. The importer will be required to pay duty at the time of import and can then claim drawback at the time of re-export.

  • Value Limits


    Private Shipments

  • 0.00 Indian Rupee (INR)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 0.00 Indian Rupee (INR)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free. Sample shipments with shipment value not exceeding 10,000.00 INR may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    400.00 cm (157.5 in.)  per package
    Length and girth combined


    Convert metric quantity for weight, length, and area.


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