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How-to Ship to India Guide


India is a country with rich demographics. With a population of 1.3 billion, it is the second most populous country in the world. It has 29 states, each with its own local government, and seven union territories, governed by the Central Government. English is the official language and is commonly understood in the major cities, simplifying the business process.

India Map

Capital: New Delhi
Population: 1,334,221,000 (July 2018 est.)
Area: 3,287,263 km
Language: English (official), Hindi (most widely spoken)
Currency: India Rupee (BHD)

Major industries include textiles, chemicals, food processing, steel, transportation equipment, cement, mining, petroleum, machinery, software, pharmaceuticals.

Source: CIA World Factbook,

Your primer on entering this market begins with a few insights on how business is done.

Market Opportunities

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has affirmed that India was the fastest growing economy in 2018. By 2025, the country also will have 69 cities with a population of more than one million. Economic growth will center on these cities, and the largest infrastructure expansion will take place there.

India’s urban transformation represents a huge opportunity for U.S. businesses that can provide capital, technology and planning expertise, as well as the goods and services urban consumers demand.

Video: What you need to know before you export to India

Getting Started

Visit our international shipping section for step-by-step instructions on how to ship, including:

  1. Select a shipping service
  2. Choose a billing option
  3. Prepare your shipping label
  4. Create required documentation
  5. Entrust it to UPS for delivery
  6. Track your shipment

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UPS in India

Established: 1988

Employees: 1,000

Flights: 12 weekly

Air Hubs: 8 (Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Cochin, Ahmedabad, & Hyderabad)

Delivery Fleet: 21 (Bikes, Trucks and Package cars), 79 (Bikes, Trucks and Package cars) outsourced

Operating Facilities: 43

Essential Information

  • Import/Export


    Use this UPS Country or Territory Regulations tool to find all of the specific documentation and regulations that may affect your international shipments.

    • Import and export forms
    • Customs clearance information and duties and taxes
    • Areas served
    • Billing options
    • Gift exemptions
    • Invoice requirements
    • Items classified as documents
    • Prohibited or restricted items
    • Transportation options
    • Special clearance requirements
    • Value limits
    • Weight and size limits

  • Customs Brokerage

    Customs Brokerage

    Our expertise with India’s unique documentation and customs requirements may help to reduce the chance of delays and extra fees. We offer 24/7 customs services with commodity and security inspections, smooth entry into the country and clearance procedures that begin before our planes land.

  • UPS Services

    UPS® Services

    With UPS, your shipments will arrive when they’re needed, wherever they’re needed around the world.

    • Package and freight transportation

    • Calculate time and cost

  • UPS Capital

    UPS Capital®

    UPS Capital offers a suite of financial and insurance services to help protect your bottom line and grow your top line. Options for exporters can include cargo insurance and trade credit insurance which can help mitigate the risks of selling globally.

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