Custom Duty on iPhone to India from USA 2019 – GST Tax Calculator

Sending iphone to India is expensive (custom duty + GST Tax) than buying in India. Mark as Gift does not help. Carrying and not declaring at Indian airport custom evades duty but not safe.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  2 Jun, 19

  413    


Cost of Sending iPhone to India Calculator 2019

The cost of shipping iPhone from USA to India is USD 150. Buying iPhone Max from USA and shipping to India is not cheap after adding custom duties and GST tax.

You have to pay for shipping, insurance, custom duty in India along with GST tax for sending any phone including Google Pixel 3, Samsung Note, Samsung S10 to India.

I have given a sample custom duty calculation for iPhone here.


Open link in new window.

Open Indian Custom Duty Calculator in new window

You may be paying much more for smartphone if you decide to buy from USA and ship it to yourself in India, the legal way.

Here are the sample costs involved for iPhone 64 GB & iPhone 64 GB Plus models:

iPhone XRiPhone XSiPhone Max
Basic Price (USD)7499991099
Sales Tax (@6.5%)496571
Free Shipping to US address*000
Fedex/UPS – Standard shipping – 1 pound packet126126126
Transit Insurance (@2% of declared value)162123
Total (USD)9401,2111,319
Total (INR)(1 USD = INR 70)65,80084,77092,330

* Assuming Apple offers free shipping or you pick up phone from an apple store to keep this cost as zero.

Cost of sending iphone to India by Fedex Cost of sending iphone to India by Fedex

Mobile Phone Custom Duty, Taxes in India

Indian Customs duties and GST tax are due when you import mobile phone under the cell phones category.

For the purpose of customs validation, the CIF value is the price paid for the goods plus the cost of transportation, loading, unloading, handling, Insurance and associated costs incidental to the deliver of good from place of export to place of import.

All other charges are calculated on this CIF value. In our example, this CIF value is the total money that you have spent for the item in USA including all expenses.

All in INRiPhone X (R)iPhone X (S)iPhone Max
ACIF value (Total cost to send from USA)65,80084,42092,330
BLanding Charges (1% of CIF)658844923
CSub-total (A + B)66,45885,26493,253
DCustom Duty (BCD – 20%)13,29217,05318,651
ESub-total (C + D)79,7501,02,3171,11,904
FGST Tax – 12%9,57012,27813,428
GAll other cess and charges000
HTotal (E + F + G) Final cost to you89,3201,14,5951,25,332
GTotal Customs (H – A)23,52030,17533,002

The above calculation might be a bit complex for a layman.

Hence, if you want to take a figure in your mind, you can consider about 34% of the CIF value as customs charges.

Example:

If the total cost (CIF) in INR is 60,000 for a mobile, then add about 34% of 60,000 as custom taxes and charges.

Final price would be: 60,000 + 20,400 (34% of 60,000) = 84,400.

Mark mobile phone as GIFT to avoid custom duty tax?

You cannot avoid Indian custom duty by marking iPhone as a gift.

Only gifts up-to INR 10,000 worth of single package are allowed. The value of 10K is converted value after applying USD to INR exchange rate. Postal charges or airfreight or insurance is not taken into account to find the value of product.

NOTE: If the value of the gifts received is more than INR 10,000, the receiver has to pay Customs duty on the whole consignment, even if the goods were received free.

Who can send Mobile as GIFT to India?

Any person including Business associate, friends, relatives, companies abroad can send mobile as gift to India.  No proof is required.

 

Who pays the Custom Duty on imported iPhone and how?

The Indian receiver is required to pay the custom duty and taxes on imported mobile.

Normally, when the shipment reaches India, your postal company would run it through customs. Custom officer would create a custom invoice and the postal company would either call you to keep the money ready or ask you to deposit the money first.

Once you deposit the money, you will be handed over your package. Most of the companies these days like BlueDart, Fedex etc. have streamlined the process. They would call you before coming to deliver the package and ask to keep the money ready. You pay the custom duty to the delivery boy itself.

 

Time Taken to get iPhone shipped to India from USA?

The mail company can take 3 to 10 days to deliver your mobile from USA to India. There can be delays caused by custom checking in India.

 

Is there any GST Tax on Imported goods/mobile in India?

Yes, there is GST tax called Integrated Goods and Services tax on imported mobile phones including iPhone.

 

Is there any Sales Tax on Imported Mobile in India?

No sales tax is charged on imported mobile phone in India.

I have made all calculations and provided information to the best of knowledge and research. Please correct or share more information about it if you had any experience of sending a mobile phone to India from USA.

I would suggest to buy directly from India. If you carefully understand the calculations, you are approximately paying about 34% extra for the phone, if you import.


Finance USA
 



Comments are closed. Ask question on Forum (we answer in 1-24 hour)

  413 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Ravi
    Ravi 15 Nov, 14 at 12:44 pm

    I want to import cell phone from amazon USA through freight forwarder but will mark product as gift on amazon and they wont include bill. So how much price cell phone should i purchase ? i.e 10000 INR or less ?

    as you said 10000 INR is free from customs.

    also, 2000 INR would cost me for freight forwarder.. will i still have to pay for taxes in india ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Nov, 14 at 8:59 am

      Yes, I think phone under 10K should be okay.
      But, remember the last decision rests with customs in deciding if the package is a gift or not. They may or may not rely on your documents.


      • Ravi
        Ravi 17 Nov, 14 at 7:12 am

        freight forwarder will use DHL and they take care for everything in customs and collect customs fee on delivery.

        I am confused on gifts. Can you tell me if custom department collect cess and other charges on gifts ?

        and how they will calculate ? do free import is on under 10000/- CIF value or only the product value ?

        thanks,


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 17 Nov, 14 at 9:32 am

          ONLY gift up-to INR 10,000 worth of single package and that too without bill. The value of 10K is converted value after applying relevant exchange rate.
          Also, postal charges or airfreight or insurance is not taken into account to find the value of product.
          Duty and tax free import is under 10K PRODUCT value.

          As per the best information that I could find, there will be no CESS and other charges on the GIFT.


  2. Hemanshu Deshmukh
    Hemanshu Deshmukh 14 Nov, 14 at 8:48 am

    my friend send his old iPhone 5s From USA, it’s CIF value $340/-, but in Ahmedabad Foreign Post Said, You will Pay 42% Duty and additional Rs. 6000/- penalty under Customs Act,1962. i’m confused what should i do?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Nov, 14 at 9:10 am

      Hi Hemanshu,
      The CIF value is just an indication and the last decision rests with the customs. If they think that the value is much higher than what you have declared as CIF, they would charge you more.

      Also, the penalty is applied simply because the value of good that can be imported without the import code (i.e. for personal use) is only about 2000 per piece (Not sure about the exact amount at this time but its very low and somewhere around 2k only).

      Did you receive the 42% duty and penalty amount in written? You can probably try and negotiate and see if it works out. I have never done it though.


      • Hemanshu Deshmukh
        Hemanshu Deshmukh 14 Nov, 14 at 9:46 am

        they don’t gave any figure in written, but say on telephone as i inquiry. i request him send me all calculation in writing.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 14 Nov, 14 at 9:52 am

          I think you would be able to negotiate it. All the negotiations just start with the highest amount and that’s what they have told you over phone.
          Anyways, you do not have any other option at this point.

          Take the bills to prove the CIF value and be confident about the calculations. I do not think that it would be 42% custom taxes. It should be around 18% as per my knowledge + any penalty that they try to impose.


          • Hemanshu Deshmukh
            Hemanshu Deshmukh 14 Nov, 14 at 10:01 am

            thanks for share your best knowledge.


          • Hemanshu Deshmukh
            Hemanshu Deshmukh 1 Dec, 14 at 9:37 am

            They charged me 42% Duty + Penalty, i can’t understand. Is it customs invoice?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 1 Dec, 14 at 9:42 am

              That’s really bad. So, it basically cost you more than what you could have paid in India itself?
              Yes, it should be customs invoice. They should have given you the break up of all charges. Have they?


  3. VJ
    VJ 27 Oct, 14 at 11:20 am

    Just FYI, I have found a calculator for customs duty:

    http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation/


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Oct, 14 at 11:02 am

      Thanks VJ for sharing the information.


  4. Vinay
    Vinay 13 Oct, 14 at 2:43 pm

    People are saying you can send an iPhone as a GIFT and not even penny is required to pay as customs/cif/sales tax etc. Who pays these fee, sender or receiver?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Oct, 14 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Vinay,
      I have added details about sending Iphone 6 with makring as GIFT to India. You can only send packages worth 10K as duty free and WITH GIFT marking.

      Let me know if you need more information.


  5. ameycool33
    ameycool33 10 Oct, 14 at 10:35 pm

    hey thanx!wht i need 2 knw is d dfrnc btwn a non contract mobile and an unlocked mobile…will it b okay tht a non contract mobile is purchased and gt into india by unpacking it and carrying it personaly weras d box and cover is kept in d luggages.

    i hav provided a link tht shws verizon wireles non contract model for $699..shud i buy it?
    plz leme knw abt sum options of purchasing a mobile tht will work in india without any kind of problem?


  6. ameycool33
    ameycool33 9 Oct, 14 at 9:33 pm

    hey!hw abt my frd buying a note 4 and bringing it 2 india with him as he is cumng 2 india for diwali..so is he gna gt charged anythng apart from d mrp f note 4 i.e $700…plz leme knw asap 🙂


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Oct, 14 at 7:38 am

      Hi ameycool33,
      Legally, a person is only allowed to carry gogods worth INR 45000 as duty free allowance. Note that the total cost i.e. the cost of note 4 + sales tax 9if paid in USA) will be considered.
      So, if you calculate it as 700*60 (exchange rate) = INR 42000.

      It does not matter if your friend declares lesser value or even show a bill with lesser amount. The Custom officer will decide its real value and you can ONLY provide the original bills to convince him.

      The other way is to completely NOT declare it. If he passes the customs without getting caught, you are all-set. But, if he does, he would have to pay the duty and i guess some fines too.

      Let me know if you need more information.


      • ameycool33
        ameycool33 10 Oct, 14 at 10:00 pm

        hey thanx!wht i wntd 2 knw is..is it okay if d celphone is bought n unpacked der before coming back 2 india?
        like buying it a day prior departing for india…unpacking it…carrying d celphone and keeping d box of it in d bag??

        And verizon wireles in USA has d cellphone for $299-$699…ie $699 for off contract…so shud i ask my frd 2 buy tht for me and if bought is it gna work in india o ill hav 2 jailbreak o unlock it o sumthng…plz leme knw asap.
        http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Note-Charcoal-Verizon-Wireless/dp/B00NKRDCFA?ie=UTF8&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-auto-sparkle&pf_rd_r=0BYRMFM26NTVX13GDB14&pf_rd_p=1933315982&pf_rd_t=301&pf_rd_i=note%204&qid=1413000103


      • ameycool33
        ameycool33 10 Oct, 14 at 10:33 pm

        hey thanx!wht i need 2 knw is d dfrnc btwn a non contract mobile and an unlocked mobile…will it b okay tht a non contract mobile is purchased and gt into india by unpacking it and carrying it personaly weras d box and cover is kept in d luggages.

        i hav provided a link tht shws verizon wireles non contract model for $699..shud i buy it?
        plz leme knw abt sum options of purchasing a mobile tht will work in india without any kind of problem?

        http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Note-Charcoal-Verizon-Wireless/dp/B00NKRDCFA?ie=UTF8&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-auto-sparkle&pf_rd_r=0BYRMFM26NTVX13GDB14&pf_rd_p=1933315982&pf_rd_t=301&pf_rd_i=note%204&qid=1413000103


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Oct, 14 at 8:59 am

          Hi ameycool33,

          Yes, buy only the Unlocked phone. These days, all GSM phones work in Indian telecom frequency. So no need to worry.
          Yes, you can unpack it and probably show it as your phone for use.

          But, remember that even if the phone is opened and you are using it, it is considered for calculating custom duties.
          As a general rule, if you have only 1 phone…custom guys don’t bother about it. But, if you have more than 1, it creates a suspicion in their mind about the second one being opened just to fool them.

          These tricks are followed by all the travelers daily. So, they are well aware of these things.
          It depends on your luck if you can pass through it. Normally, if you are travelling from USA to India, they won’t check you much.

          Their main targets are people coming from Thailand, Bangkok, Singapore and China (They know which flights have landed at what time and hence increase their vigil).


  7. Nancy
    Nancy 9 Oct, 14 at 10:46 am

    thanks Anil.. very useful article… i was looking for options and cost to send iphone6 to my friend in India.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Oct, 14 at 11:00 am

      You are welcome Nancy. I am glad the information has helped you.


  8. Emobitech
    Emobitech 3 Oct, 14 at 4:06 pm

    If we order it to Ahmedabad instead of Delhi, then do we go to airport to collect it ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Oct, 14 at 4:57 pm

      No, You don’t have to go airport anywhere. Generally, the shipping company (like FedEx and UPS) have their set-up with customs in India.
      They will get the custom clearance on your behalf and would demand the amount from you, at the time of delivery.

      Sometimes, if the amount of custom tax is high, they may call you to deposit the money with them before-hand and then they would get the package clearance from customs.
      Once they have the package cleared, they will deliver it to you.

      Normally, the end customer would not need to do anything.


  9. S
    S 25 Sep, 14 at 4:18 am

    Thanks 🙁 So, I should just wait for it in India by Oct or Nov.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Sep, 14 at 7:49 am

      Yes, I think it makes sense to wait for its launch in India unless your friend can carry it along with him from USA to India. Carrying can save the shipping and custom costs and that would make it cheaper.


  10. Astral Dust
    Astral Dust 24 Sep, 14 at 9:08 pm

    Very good research. Thanks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Sep, 14 at 7:48 am

      You are welcome Astral.


      • Rishi
        Rishi 10 Dec, 14 at 8:58 am

        impressive research Anil ! Kudos
        Can you suggest some other sites like Global buy(Ebay) which is secure in terms of payment and delivery. And a seller from US doesn’t post real pics so that its healthiness could be ascertained before clinking buy button. Any suggestion in this regard ?

        Thank you


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 Dec, 14 at 9:32 am

          Hi Rishi,

          I would say that ebay global buy does provide a level of security and insurance if the product you are buying is not what was told.
          On the other hand, you should never buy a product which does not have the real pictures featured. Don’t ever get into the trap of low price sale.

          If something sounds too good to be true, it most probably is.

          The other way to shop from US is to buy genuine products from genuine websites like Amazon etc. and get them shipped to India via package forwarding companies. If you don’t know about package forwarding, these companies just provide you a local US address to get your shipments delivered.
          They would then charge a service fee to ship it to India inclusive of all customs charges. This would be a better option in case you want to handle everything on your own.

          Does that answer your question?


          • Ajay
            Ajay 5 Jan, 15 at 12:29 pm

            Hi Anil,

            First of All, I really like your articles
            it’s really very helpful. Here is my query I asked my friend to ship I phone 6
            (16gb) From USA to India. Now he told
            that I will have to pay custom charge for that pls can any of bro help me how
            much it will be and any desi jugad by which I can avoid it. I am bit week in
            math so pls tell me ki how much I have to pay them incase if I go to pick it up. I don’t want them to charge me
            unneceeray


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 5 Jan, 15 at 1:03 pm

              Hi Ajay,
              The total custom charges should be about 15% of the total value of the (phone + insurance + shipping).
              They can also impose some penalty. But, it depends on the custom officer.

              Let us know once you get the phone about the amount that you paid. It will help others in the forum here.


              • Ajay
                Ajay 5 Jan, 15 at 1:08 pm

                Can you pls give some idea How much it will be in rupee. I dont know what is the exact price of it India. Everywhere its different..


                • Ajay
                  Ajay 5 Jan, 15 at 1:20 pm

                  Also Can you pls suggest which phone to buy 6 or 6 plus.I am confused some ppl say 6 and some 6 plus what you suggest. Although this is the first time I am going to use Iphone. I waiting for my both answers bro…


                  • Anil Gupta
                    Anil Gupta 5 Jan, 15 at 2:06 pm

                    It depends on your personal preference. I have seen both here. I personally do not use iPhone.
                    But, the common review that I have heard is that iPhone plus is a bit bigger to handle with single hand and carry in pockets.

                    iphone 6 standard is a better option as per my opinion.
                    Rest is dependent on your needs.

                    Also, do not forget that a smartphone’s life is only slightly more than 1 year. Next, year, you will be tempted for upgrading to a better one. So, buy a cheaper one to make your upgrade decision easier later on.

                    Rest is up-to you and your budget.


                    • Ajay
                      Ajay 5 Jan, 15 at 2:14 pm

                      Anil, What If I asked my friend not share original price. Is that possible..? I spend $800 and If I told him to say its not new its old one. Is that something work mate…. Please advise. I am sorry if I am asking too much Its just I like your advises…


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 5 Jan, 15 at 2:51 pm

                      Nope. Infact, if you say its an old one, then you would definitely be asked to pay penalty.

                      Check Hemanshu Deshmukh’s experience in the comments below.

                      This is what he wrote:
                      —————————
                      my friend send his old iPhone 5s From USA, it’s CIF value $340/-, but in Ahmedabad Foreign Post Said, You will Pay 42% Duty and additional Rs. 6000/- penalty under Customs Act,1962. i’m confused what should i do?
                      —————————

                      It would cost you more than what you would pay in India if you try to go the ‘Old phone’ route.


                    • Ajay
                      Ajay 5 Jan, 15 at 3:31 pm

                      Thanks what is CIF value and how does it work.. How we can come to know about it.I just read Himanshu post.. PLS help me bro..


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 5 Jan, 15 at 3:36 pm

                      Hi Ajay,

                      It would be great if you can read a few lines in the above article to understand the whole thing.
                      I had already replied in your first question about the CIF value. Here it is again for your reference.

                      CIF value = (phone + insurance + shipping)


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 5 Jan, 15 at 2:01 pm

                  Hi Ajay,
                  The total price would be the conversion of US $ (the amount you have spent) into rupees. It will NOT be governed by the Indian price of iPhone.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 5 Jan, 15 at 1:59 pm

              Hi Ajay,

              The total custom charges should be 15% of the total amount that you have spent on (phone + shipping+insurance).
              There may be some kind of penalty too but it depends on the custom officer. I can’t predict it. It may or may not be charged.

              Do share your experience and the amount that you pay to custom once you have the phone in you hand. It would help others, who come here to look for real life experience.




Ask on forum - Get Answer in 1-24 hours