Cost of Sending iPhone to India Calculator 2019
I have given a sample custom duty calculation for iPhone here.
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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 XR||iPhone XS||iPhone Max|
|Basic Price (USD)||749||999||1099|
|Sales Tax (@6.5%)||49||65||71|
|Free Shipping to US address*||0||0||0|
|Fedex/UPS – Standard shipping – 1 pound packet||126||126||126|
|Transit Insurance (@2% of declared value)||16||21||23|
|Total (INR)(1 USD = INR 70)||65,800||84,770||92,330|
* Assuming Apple offers free shipping or you pick up phone from an apple store to keep this cost as zero.
Mobile Phone Custom Duty, Taxes in India
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 INR||iPhone X (R)||iPhone X (S)||iPhone Max|
|A||CIF value (Total cost to send from USA)||65,800||84,420||92,330|
|B||Landing Charges (1% of CIF)||658||844||923|
|C||Sub-total (A + B)||66,458||85,264||93,253|
|D||Custom Duty (BCD – 20%)||13,292||17,053||18,651|
|E||Sub-total (C + D)||79,750||1,02,317||1,11,904|
|F||GST Tax – 12%||9,570||12,278||13,428|
|G||All other cess and charges||0||0||0|
|H||Total (E + F + G) Final cost to you||89,320||1,14,595||1,25,332|
|G||Total Customs (H – A)||23,520||30,175||33,002|
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.
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.