Custom Duty on iPhone to India from USA 2020 – 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  3 Apr, 20 #iphone

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Cost of Sending iPhone to India Calculator 2020

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


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You have to pay for shipping, insurance, customs duty in India along with GST tax for sending any phone including Google Pixel 4, Samsung Note, Samsung S10 to India.

You may be paying much more for a smartphone if you decide to buy from the 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 the 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 phones under the cell phone 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 delivery of goods from the place of export to a 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 on the item in the 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.

Who can send Mobile as gift to India from USA?

Any person can send a mobile as a gift to India. It can be your business associate, friends, relatives, companies abroad can send mobile as a gift to India. 
No relationship proof is required.

Who pays the Custom Duty on imported iPhone in India?

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

How do we pay custom duty on iPhone imported from USA?

You can pay iPhone custom duty yourself at the airport or your shipping company can pay and then you can pay them.

When the shipment reaches India, your postal company like FedEx would run it through customs. The customs 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 customs duty to the delivery boy itself.

How much time does it take to get iPhone from USA in India?

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

Is there any GST Tax on imported mobile in India?

GST tax is applied to imported mobile phones in India including the iPhone.
GST is a short form of Goods and Services tax.

Is there any Sales Tax on Imported Mobile in India?

Sales tax is not charged on imported mobile phone in India.

Can I mark Mobile as Gift to Avoid Custom duty in India?

You cannot avoid Indian custom duty by marking the mobile package as a gift when shipping to India.

What is the custom free limit of Gift package to India?

Only gifts up-to INR 10,000 worth of single package is allowed as custom free in India.

The value of 10K is converted value after applying the USD to the INR exchange rate. Postal charges or air freight or insurance is not taken into account to find the value of the 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.

I won the iPhone Online, Do I have to Pay custom Duty When receiving it in India?

You have to pay customs duty on a mobile phone while receiving it in India even when you won it in any online competition or lottery or anything.

Can I carry iPhone in My pocket to Avoid Indian Customs Duty?

You can carry the new iPhone in your pocket but custom duty is required to be paid if the total value is greater than 10,000 Indian rupees.

You can carry mobile but if you do not declare it on the customs form, you may have to pay a penalty if you are caught.

How much GST is charged on Imported Mobiles in India?

You have to pay 12% GST tax on imported mobiles 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 the USA.

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




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  201 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. chirag kukadiya
    chirag kukadiya 7 Aug, 18 at 3:41 am

    Hi,
    Can I import used iphones from USA to India for trading business of used iphone? Does i required import licence? Does my suppliers needs export licence? And how much duty i have to pay for used iphones?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Aug, 18 at 8:00 am

      You can import and you will need import license in India to import regularly.
      Your supplier may need export license based on how many they are exporting.

      For one time shipping to India, there is no export license needed from USA. But, for doing business and shipping regularly, they would need export license.

      The duty in India and calculation is mentioned in above article.


      • chirag kukadiya
        chirag kukadiya 8 Aug, 18 at 9:32 am

        Thank you for answering.
        Now i just want to know that the cost price of used mobile in USA is less for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s etc. so my supplier will send me on that price and higher. Will custom duty will be counted on that price or custom officer will decide price for phone and charge duty?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 8 Aug, 18 at 9:53 am

          Most of the time the custom officer does use the same value as declared on the package. But, it is not guaranteed.


  2. Faizan
    Faizan 24 May, 18 at 3:45 am

    Hey, first i would like to say wonderful article very beneficial. So, my question is, i am personally thinking about opening a electronic shop selling iphones, laptops,accessories, lets leave brand new out of the question for now, just concentrating only on used products, well assuming if i am purchasing the products, I should be able to declare how much the cost of the product is determining what i paid for it? meaning maybe i received a used iphone 7 plus for 175$ rather then the prices its going for (whatever that maybe) so now my 34.5% tax will be according to 175$ is that correct what i am saying?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 May, 18 at 7:21 am

      Yes, that’s correct.
      Also, the shipping + insurance is also added to the $175 and then the tax is calculated.


  3. sha kamal
    sha kamal 14 May, 18 at 1:33 pm

    Hi,
    My friend has sent me iphone x from japan and it has reached india 3 days back, current status show item presented to customs, next office c.e.d delhi. 1. Whats the catch here? 2. Is it held for custom duty? 3. If yes how much will i be charged? The declared value is 1.38 lakh yen, ems post japan (delivery by india post in india)


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 May, 18 at 1:38 pm

      1. Yes, it is currently being held for custom duty.
      2. You should contact the courier/postal company to know how much you need to pay. Postal company will receive the custom duty amount from customs.
      3. The custom duty at this time is around 34% of (declared value + shipping + insurance) in Indian rupees.


      • sha kamal
        sha kamal 17 Jun, 18 at 11:16 am

        They charged BCD+Cess 3300 (4% of declared value) and gst 9324 (12% appox of declared value) It was EMS-India post. I think its not coming upto 34%.
        Value declared was 1.38 lakh Yen


  4. Gowri Shankar
    Gowri Shankar 18 Apr, 18 at 9:02 pm

    are u sure about 33.5% ? i imported a ip8+ via ups and is due for delivery and its value is 580gbp
    ….what figure shld i expect as customs ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Apr, 18 at 6:20 am

      Yes, it should be 33% of total price you have paid in Indian rupees.
      Shipping and insurance is also counted as part of phone cost.


  5. Gowri Shankar
    Gowri Shankar 18 Apr, 18 at 9:01 pm

    are u sure about 33.5% ? i imported a ip8+ via ups and is due for delivery and its value is 580gbp
    ….what figure shld i expect as customs ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Apr, 18 at 6:19 am

      Yes, it should be 33% of total price you have paid in Indian rupees.
      Shipping and insurance is also counted as part of phone cost.


    • Kishan
      Kishan 3 May, 18 at 7:34 am

      please update us on your experience. it will be help full..


  6. Kedar
    Kedar 17 Apr, 18 at 6:10 am

    Hi Anil, One of my friend is bringing IPhone X from US and he will be carrying it in his pocket. But my question is what about the empty box and accessories is that allowed in Cabin Luggage?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Apr, 18 at 7:56 am

      Yes, it is allowed.
      ‘Allowed’ does not mean that it is customs cannot question it.
      Please remember that even if someone carries the phone in their pocket, it can still be caught by customs and then you have to pay custom tax and penalty.

      Generally, people do carry phones from US and are easily able to get through customs without declaring. But, it is still a chance.


  7. Kedar
    Kedar 17 Apr, 18 at 6:11 am

    Hi Anil, One of my friend is bringing IPhone X from US and he will be carrying it in his pocket. But my question is what about the empty box and accessories is that allowed in Cabin Luggage?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Apr, 18 at 7:57 am

      Yes, it is allowed.
      ‘Allowed’ does not mean that it is customs cannot question it.
      Please remember that even if someone carries the phone in their pocket, it can still be caught by customs and then you have to pay custom tax and penalty.

      Generally, people do carry phones from US and are easily able to get through customs without declaring. But, it is still a chance.


  8. Dipanjan Biswas
    Dipanjan Biswas 29 Mar, 18 at 5:03 pm

    I want to buy an iPhone X 256GB. It’s priced at 1149$ in the US but in India it costs a whooping 102,000/- I want to know will it be a good idea to buy it from US and have it shipped to India considering the huge price difference? What will be the best procedure/method of buying one and have it shipped to me in India? You were saying you’ve used FedEX in past to ship phones.. Can you elaborate on that how to buy an iPhone X and have it shipped to India using FedEX? And how much will it cost me apart from the basic shipping fee in terms of customs duty? As an alternative is ‘Borderlinx’ reliable enough?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Mar, 18 at 8:23 pm

      Well, I don’t think that you will save any money buying from US and shipping to India.
      The total custom duty is about 33% of the cost.
      You will easily spend about $125 on shipping and insurance.

      Do the calculation and it will probably cost the same as you are getting it in India.

      I have not used Borderlinx and hence can’t really say about their credibility.
      There are lot of package forwarding agencies that you use to get your device delivered to. They can send forward it to you in India using Fedex or UPS. They charge fees for this service.


      • Dipanjan Biswas
        Dipanjan Biswas 30 Mar, 18 at 12:37 pm

        So what according to you is the best option to buy genuine iPhone devices at cheaper costs(with or without Indian warranty) in India? Paytm? eBay? Retail Stores?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 30 Mar, 18 at 1:51 pm

          Well, buy it from any good retail online store like Amazon, Flipkart or any other. They do sell genuine products.


  9. Dipanjan Biswas
    Dipanjan Biswas 29 Mar, 18 at 5:02 pm

    I want to buy an iPhone X 256GB. It’s priced at 1149$ in the US but in India it costs a whooping 102,000/- I want to know will it be a good idea to buy it from US and have it shipped to India considering the huge price difference? What will be the best procedure/method of buying one and have it shipped to me in India? You were saying you’ve used FedEX in past to ship phones.. Can you elaborate on that how to buy an iPhone X and have it shipped to India using FedEX? And how much will it cost me apart from the basic shipping fee in terms of customs duty? As an alternative is ‘Borderlinx’ reliable enough?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Mar, 18 at 8:17 pm

      Well, I don’t think that you will save any money buying from US and shipping to India.
      The total custom duty is about 33% of the cost.
      You will easily spend about $125 on shipping and insurance.

      Do the calculation and it will probably cost the same as you are getting it in India.

      I have not used Borderlinx and hence can’t really say about their credibility.
      There are lot of package forwarding agencies that you use to get your device delivered to. They can send forward it to you in India using Fedex or UPS. They charge fees for this service.


      • Dipanjan Biswas
        Dipanjan Biswas 30 Mar, 18 at 12:36 pm

        So what according to you is the best option to buy genuine iPhone devices at cheaper costs(with or without Indian warranty) in India? Paytm? eBay? Retail Stores?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 30 Mar, 18 at 1:50 pm

          Well, buy it from any good retail online store like Amazon, Flipkart or any other. They do sell genuine products.


    • Kishan
      Kishan 3 May, 18 at 7:37 am

      borderlinx have great shipping service but they only give option to ship it via DHL and shipping fees and customs really annoys. i hate using borderlinx now. The shipping fee is high as duck.


      • Dipanjan Biswas
        Dipanjan Biswas 3 May, 18 at 8:03 pm

        Well the shipping charge is not that much actually. It’s the jaw-dropping 30,000 that the Custom’s asking for a phone worth 1149$ which I’m more concerned about. Did you previously use Borderlinx for any item? How was the experience? How much did you gain? And did you find any better alternative other than Borderlinx that can breach the gap of US pricing and Indian pricing in-between? I’m willing to pay what a US citizen has to pay for an iPhone X (256GB) but not any figure close too Rs.102,000 which is almost equivalent to 1600$.


  10. Utkarsh Tripathi
    Utkarsh Tripathi 29 Mar, 18 at 1:21 pm

    Hey recently I won iphone 7 plus in a contest. So they are sending it from us to me india. So it is a prize. So how can i receive it without paying duty. Please reply.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Mar, 18 at 2:27 pm

      You can’t get it without paying duty. When it reaches India, the courier company will ask you to pay before delivering, unless your sender has already paid for it.


  11. Utkarsh Tripathi
    Utkarsh Tripathi 29 Mar, 18 at 1:20 pm

    Hey recently I won iphone 7 plus in a contest. So they are sending it from us to me india. So it is a prize. So how can i receive it without paying duty. Please reply.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Mar, 18 at 2:26 pm

      You can’t get it without paying duty. When it reaches India, the courier company will ask you to pay before delivering, unless your sender has already paid for it.


    • Ameet geete
      Ameet geete 7 May, 18 at 5:16 am

      It’s a scam probably.
      Winning in a contest which you never participate.Beware.


  12. Harsh Chaudhary
    Harsh Chaudhary 18 Mar, 18 at 7:22 am

    Hi,anil. see my basic question is that can i save a few bucks anyway on importing from another country. for example like hongkong. if yes please please tell me the proccess how to import?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 18 at 7:56 am

      You have to do the math if you are saving money with importing.


  13. Harsh Chaudhary
    Harsh Chaudhary 18 Mar, 18 at 7:23 am

    Hi,anil. see my basic question is that can i save a few bucks anyway on importing from another country. for example like hongkong. if yes please please tell me the proccess how to import?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Mar, 18 at 7:57 am

      You have to do the math if you are saving money with importing.


  14. Amazing A
    Amazing A 26 Feb, 18 at 7:02 am

    Is there any risk if we received it as a Gift and said as it is audio player which costs less than 10k on the Courier …insted of cell phone…did custom officer will check that inside of courier????


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 18 at 8:01 am

      There is always a risk in lying. Custom officers know all the tricks as it is their 24 hour job.


  15. Karan
    Karan 6 Feb, 18 at 12:57 pm

    My friend is visiting to US next week and I was thinking to tell him bring me an iPhone 6S Plus. Can I save few bucks from here?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Feb, 18 at 2:20 pm

      I don’t understand how you want to save money?
      If he carries it with him to India and does not declare it in customs, there will be no duty.


      • Karan
        Karan 6 Feb, 18 at 5:24 pm

        Thanks for the respons Anil.
        Can he get two phones without custom duty charges?
        And is there any difference in price from US to IND?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 6 Feb, 18 at 7:04 pm

          He can carry as many as he want without declaring, unless he gets caught.
          Even 1 phone is not free of duty.
          Please note that if he gets caught, he will have to pay duty as well as penalty.

          Normally, people do carry 1 extra phone and are able to get away with it.
          But more than one is a risky proposition.


  16. Ajmal Faizad
    Ajmal Faizad 22 Jan, 18 at 6:21 pm

    Hello everyone!
    I bought a Samsung Galaxy note a value of $945 for my wife from USA and sent it by Fedex to Dehli, I paid $123.20 for shipping as I put my credit card that my wife should not pay anything in India, I charged $460.08 only for duties and taxes. I called fedex many times but I didn’t get any logical answer, and I don’t know how many percentage duties and taxes charged me that cost me 460.08 US dollars! is it normal? Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Jan, 18 at 7:33 pm

      What calculation does the FedEx bill show?
      The total tax should be around 25%


      • Ajmal Faizad
        Ajmal Faizad 23 Jan, 18 at 1:34 am

        In the bill it is not clear, sounds they charged me 50%


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 23 Jan, 18 at 8:14 am

          Ya..i agree it is about 41% of accessible value. Not sure how they calculated it.
          You have to ask them.


        • Kishan
          Kishan 3 May, 18 at 7:43 am

          please update us what happened next. did it got resolved?


      • Pabu P
        Pabu P 24 Jan, 18 at 10:49 pm

        Hi anil ji, please tell me do we need to pay coustum charge receiving phone through usps?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Jan, 18 at 12:59 pm

          yes, you have to.


  17. Venny Durga
    Venny Durga 12 Dec, 17 at 11:19 am

    Hai,
    I want to buy lcd refurbish machine in aliexpress dot com cost was 896 us$ + 400 $ shipping cost via fedexIE
    How much custom duties and extra taxes i pay ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Dec, 17 at 11:52 am

      Total Custom duty should be around $325.


      • Venny Durga
        Venny Durga 12 Dec, 17 at 9:52 pm

        Thnku..seller says if i want invoice price change to 400$ to reduce taxes..is it ok to change invoice price ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 13 Dec, 17 at 8:06 am

          You can do that. The custom duties are calculated on total invoice plus shipping and insurance.
          But, it is not guaranteed. Custom officer decides the real value if he is not convinced that invoice is right.


  18. alankar
    alankar 6 Dec, 17 at 1:09 am

    hello…i want to buy a iphone7 plus from US and delivery it to mumbai. How much will it cost? will it cost the same as after adding the taxes customs etc


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Dec, 17 at 1:06 pm

      It will cost almost the same as if you buy it from India. I would suggest to buy it from there itself.


  19. Amol Dhamale
    Amol Dhamale 26 Nov, 17 at 9:36 am

    Hello Anil, one of my colleagues is going to bring a new iPhone X from US to India. I read a few feeds on Quora which claimed that a single iPhone shouldn’t attract any duty despite the exceeding price limit if we declare that the phone is simply brought as a gift for parents or spouse. However, my colleague is strongly advising against that and he believes that opening the box and keeping the phone in pocket will do the trick to avoid customs at the airport. What would be the best way to skip customs or is the claim that a single iPhone isn’t objectionable true? I’d like to know your thoughts as soon as possible since he’s flying back to India in the next week and we need to figure out a good solution by then.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Nov, 17 at 10:25 am

      Legally, you have to pay custom duties on any product that you bring in with you, that exceeds that allowed limit (Rs 45,000).
      You cannot rely on people’s suggestions that custom will waive it off for you.

      The best option is to open the box and carry the phone as if your friend was using it for personal use. If it is packed in a box and customs catch it, you will probably have to pay either tax or bribe.

      Please note that Customs are smart enough to know the tricks of the trade. They handle people 24 hours, 365 days a year and have seen all kinds of reasons/tricks that people try to avoid customs.


      • Amol Dhamale
        Amol Dhamale 26 Nov, 17 at 10:47 am

        First of all I really appreciate the prompt response. Thank you for that. I hope that you assumed that he might already be carrying his own personal phone. So if he opens the box and keeps the iPhone with him which will by the way will be switched off to avoid unnecessary carrier locking, won’t it raise any suspicion among the customs that he is merely carrying the phone to avoid duty which is actually new? Secondly would he require to declare that has an iPhone with him if he opens the box and just keeps the phone in his pocket?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 26 Nov, 17 at 11:08 am

          Hi Amol,
          1. Yes, i assumed that he would have his own phone as well as will be carrying your iPhone X.
          2. In any case, a second phone, if caught by Customs, has to be considered for paying custom duty.
          2 A. Case 1: He declares your phone on customs form, then he cannot avoid duty.
          2 B. Case 2: He does not declare it in customs form and carries it with him in his pocket OR carries it in his luggage inside the BOX itself. In this case, it all depends on whether customs catch him or not. The chances of catching are about 30%. Customs have their eyes on bigger offenders (who carry LED TVs, multiple phones, Gold bars etc.) most of the time.
          So, Case 2 with phone in his pocket of luggage is your best chance.
          That’s what people do normally too.


          • Amol Dhamale
            Amol Dhamale 26 Nov, 17 at 11:38 am

            Fine. Carrying the phone in his pocket seems like the best shot I can take to avoid duty. Keeping the sealed box in the luggage is substantially riskier right? Secondly, if at all he carries the phone in his pocket, the box and the remainder of accessories (charger, ear pods, connectors etc.) will remain in the luggage. Will that be objectionable as well? In the worst case if he gets caught what is the maximum duty that he will have to pay considering the cost of the phone on the invoice as $1059? Besides this, any pointers that I could give him from your experience so far with customs at the airport in order to avoid suspicion?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 26 Nov, 17 at 11:47 am

              The only way to avoid suspicion is to be normal as if nothing has happened. Just walk out of airport normally. Don’t sweat 🙂
              If he has to pay duty, then it would be about 23.2% of $1059 (after conversion to Indian rupees) and penalty (for no declaration).
              Penalty is decided by customs officer. They may decide to charge it or waive it off.


  20. Parma boruah
    Parma boruah 26 Nov, 17 at 3:51 am

    I ordered some phones from USA ,and that package held by custom in Islamabad, Pakistan.and my courier company asking me for 120,000rs to deposit in a account of Kolkata ,place name behala, should I deposit that amount in his account?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Nov, 17 at 10:27 am

      NO.
      Why is custom company asking you to deposit money in Kolkata if the package is held at Islamabad? I see no valid reason for doing this.

      Please ask your courier company for a valid payment option within Pakistan to avoid any fraud. Ideally your should pay ONLY by cheque to make sure you can legally challenge it.


  21. AayushBhatia
    AayushBhatia 25 Nov, 17 at 7:06 am

    Hey there!
    Very nice answer!
    My question however is a little different
    I want to import a macbook from USA ( I am planning to buy it from Ebay)
    How much custom will i be charged if the price of the laptop is 800$
    Also, what if i use a parcel forwarding service like viabox? Will i save any money?
    Thanks for you help


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Nov, 17 at 12:04 pm

      the answer depends on if ‘ViaBox’ is charging your all inclusive for their services i.e. are they including the custom duties or not.
      If yes, then they will show the final price.

      Else, you can assume about 25% extra to be paid in India as custom duties and taxes on the final price.
      Final price = $800 + Shipping charge + insurance charge + Viabox Fees.
      Custom duty is calculated on ‘Final Price’.


  22. ARIF SIDIQ
    ARIF SIDIQ 24 Nov, 17 at 9:37 am

    If my friend purchase IPhone X in USA for me and He/She send to me in India. Tell me he/she can pay custom charges there for me or no, its neccessary to pay here custom charges on it.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Nov, 17 at 9:52 am

      There are some package forwarding companies that can take the payment (including custom charges) from sender.
      But, if he is sending by Fedex or UPS or USPS, they will only charge for shipping from sender. They charge the custom duty at the time of final delivery in India and you will have to pay it then.


      • ARIF SIDIQ
        ARIF SIDIQ 28 Nov, 17 at 12:21 pm

        can you tell me the name of some package forwarding companies that can take the payment (including custom charges) from sender.

        tell me the Names of that courier companies


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 28 Nov, 17 at 1:11 pm

          Personally, i have not used any.
          Do a google search and you can find many.


  23. Venkatesh SD
    Venkatesh SD 21 Nov, 17 at 1:16 am

    How many cellphones can one bring from USA to India at maximum.?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Nov, 17 at 12:29 pm

      1 for personal use, +1 for official use, if issued by employer (Would need a letter by employer).
      All others might be questioned by customs (if you declare) or you don’t declare and they find it in random inspection.
      You will have to pay duty on all other phones beyond the one you have for personal use, if you can’t prove what they are for.


      • Venkatesh SD
        Venkatesh SD 22 Nov, 17 at 12:17 am

        Thanks Anil for the reply. 🙂


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 Nov, 17 at 7:47 am

          You are welcome.


  24. yugam singh kushwaha
    yugam singh kushwaha 15 Nov, 17 at 10:49 am

    if i buy $1200 laptop and import it around how much will be the custom fee

    and is shipping via shopusa site help me gonna save money


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Nov, 17 at 8:17 am

      No company can help you save money. They are also going to charge their service fees.
      Also, the custom duty is dependent on total amount after shipping + insurance to India.

      It is always cheaper only if someone buys it from USA and then carries it himself to India. Otherwise, it is not cheap.


  25. Hardiksingh Bhatiya
    Hardiksingh Bhatiya 3 Nov, 17 at 1:06 am

    if my friend purchase iphone x in USA for me and he take the phone in his hand so any Tax or duty will be paid on that??


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Nov, 17 at 7:06 am

      Ideally, if your friend carries it with you and declares it on Indian airport customs, then yes, you have to pay the duty.
      If he does not declare at Indian airport, then you are good to go, if not caught by customs.


  26. Sooraj T S
    Sooraj T S 2 Aug, 17 at 9:23 pm

    How many phones can i buy from amazon.com to India as personal courier? there is any limitation?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Aug, 17 at 8:52 am

      I am not aware of any such limit, if any while buying from Amazon.
      The only thing to consider is the Indian customs. They will certainly ask for IMPORT license if you order more quantity than for personal use.


  27. Dhillon Gurjinder
    Dhillon Gurjinder 10 Jun, 17 at 2:11 pm

    Hi sir my uncle send me I phone 7 by fedex and cost ovum duty stop it can u tell what will da costume duty on 65000


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Jun, 17 at 11:05 am

      The total duty should be around 15% of 65000. The Fedex guys will call you and tell the total amount to be paid before delivering it to you.
      The exact amount of duty depends on what value the custom officer decides for the phone.


  28. Vicky Rock
    Vicky Rock 9 May, 17 at 1:08 am

    I would like send IPhone 6s gift to India from USA , it is used it costs around 300 usd. If I mark as gift then can I put value of the product is zero get ride from custom charges and taxes.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 May, 17 at 7:55 am

      No, you can’t. Custom guys are smart and they know people use these tricks.


  29. Sujay Ghosal
    Sujay Ghosal 27 Apr, 17 at 5:35 am

    NO because you have already paid. If you purchase from Out of india and you want to shipping in india cost will get effected.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Apr, 17 at 8:17 am

      Hi Sujay,
      Looks like you are trying to answer someone’s question here. But, accidentally, you have not ‘Replied’ to them and hence your comment shows up as individual comment.


  30. Rajashekar Sanga
    Rajashekar Sanga 14 Feb, 17 at 11:46 am

    Hi Anil,

    I got a clarity from you that there will be approximately 15% Customs on imported mobile !
    But will there be Customs by US authorities while it is being couriered or exported to india ?

    Thank you !


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Feb, 17 at 2:33 pm

      No, US does not charge export duty if you are sending it as a normal person.
      The rules may be different for companies that do export as a business.


      • Rajashekar Sanga
        Rajashekar Sanga 14 Feb, 17 at 2:54 pm

        Thank you Anil!
        Have a great day!


  31. Bharti Gaurav
    Bharti Gaurav 29 Sep, 16 at 2:57 am

    Hello Anil,
    I just wanted to know whether there are different custom and duty standards for the Product which is not yet been launched in India or that’s a Myth? As i have an iPhone 7 waiting to come from Canada.
    TIA


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Sep, 16 at 9:01 am

      Hi Bharti,
      I do not know of any separate rules for this scenario.
      You should just be asked to pay the standard duty based on the invoice price.


      • Bharti Gaurav
        Bharti Gaurav 29 Sep, 16 at 1:57 pm

        How do I get that confirmed? No offence, any Idea?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 29 Sep, 16 at 2:00 pm

          Confirmation of what?
          The only way of knowing the custom duty amount is when it is actually received in India and custom officer assesses the value.


          • Bharti Gaurav
            Bharti Gaurav 29 Sep, 16 at 11:54 pm

            okay, thanks!


  32. jatin pandya
    jatin pandya 4 Aug, 16 at 4:58 am

    Hello Anil,
    My relative sent Iphone 6s along with clothes and cholocate from US, but on document she has written only clothes. now shipper contacted me and saying you have to pay fine and penalty. can you please let me know what should I do now. would it be possible to sent parcel back.

    please help

    Thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Aug, 16 at 8:18 am

      Hi Jatin,

      You should talk to the shipping company and their policy on what they are supposed to do in this case.
      They may or may not send it back. If they do, they will charge the shipper (your relative).


      • Vishal Kumar
        Vishal Kumar 19 Aug, 16 at 7:59 pm

        Hey Anil !

        I just wanna know that the customs or the company like fedex or who so ever will be receiving the package there in India Do they really go and check all the stuffs that are there in the package ??


        • Vishal Kumar
          Vishal Kumar 19 Aug, 16 at 7:59 pm

          Like even if she has sent an iphone in a box containing clothes and chocolates how would they come come to know what she has sent out of the packed box ?


          • Vishal Kumar
            Vishal Kumar 19 Aug, 16 at 8:02 pm

            what i was trying to know is that what if i send an iPhone in a box with other gifts and clothes stuffs would they be still able to come to know that i hav sent an iphone in it ?? 😛 😛 😛


            • Vishal Kumar
              Vishal Kumar 19 Aug, 16 at 8:03 pm

              Reply me ASAP ! As am sending it to my girlfriend and i dont want any of the charges to be borne by her at any cost. What can i do ?!


              • Anil Gupta
                Anil Gupta 19 Aug, 16 at 8:19 pm

                You are not the first one to think of this trick to fool custom officers.

                They have the nose and gadgets to smell and find even professionally hidden items.
                Also, all packages are scanned at the airport.

                It is better to declare it. Else, in addition to duty, you will have to pay penalty too. And with penalty, it would cost you even more than what you would have paid to buy iPhone in India.


                • Vishal Kumar
                  Vishal Kumar 19 Aug, 16 at 8:48 pm

                  alright, so buddy do also let me know 2 thing
                  1 – that how can eliminate any of the charges to be paid by my GF or anyway you think she will have to ??
                  2 – what if i buy a new apple iPhone and state it as a used one with a declared charges as 30-40 dollars, will that work ? Atleast in this case she will have to pay a lesser amount.
                  Response awaited !


                  • Anil Gupta
                    Anil Gupta 20 Aug, 16 at 7:27 am

                    Hi Vishal,
                    1. The Indian custom duties have to be paid by the person receiving the package in India. You would not know the exact amount until Fedex (India) gets it cleared from customs. You can re-imburse her the amount once she has paid it.
                    2. That’s your choice. As I said earlier and repeating once again, you would not be the first one to use tricks to fool custom officers. They see these kind of things every hour and everyday. If you are so eager, you can try your luck.


                  • Neil Radnor
                    Neil Radnor 21 Nov, 16 at 6:45 pm

                    dude forget it, customs people are not dumbfucks man.. they can identify gold smugglers who keep gold dust in between their belt gap… They have seen all kinds of attempts to under value and hide goods and what not… your idea is so childish, don’t even think of trying that. Btw, just so you know all incoming shipments are run through x-ray machines and any shipment with touchscreen immediately gets flagged… so your iphone between clothes idea is stupid.


  33. hyan Arrow
    hyan Arrow 24 Jun, 16 at 9:06 pm

    is there any way to know how much customs charge if applied to my parcel before the delivery of my parcel,according to tracking-my parcel cleared the customs in two days..and sent for local post office now.can it be checked online,contacts etc with reference to parcel track number,thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Jun, 16 at 4:36 am

      Is it coming through indian post? If yes, then you can go and check with their international service branch about the status.

      The custom duty will depend on the contents of package. For mobile, it is approximately 18% including everything.


  34. Arjun Reddy
    Arjun Reddy 8 Jun, 16 at 4:27 am

    hi anil gupta


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Jun, 16 at 7:18 am

      Hi Arjun,
      how can i help you?


      • Arjun Reddy
        Arjun Reddy 8 Jun, 16 at 7:46 am

        hi i have ordered i phone 6s from uk they told that it wil take 3 working days to delivery after that when the parcel came to india they asked me to pay the full payment i paid then they asked me to pay tax and clearance i paid again they asked me to pay delivery man fee i paid the they asked me to pay insurance fee i paid next insurance fee that one also i paid at last they said to pay customs of india i paid again they told me to pay stamp fee


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 8 Jun, 16 at 7:50 am

          So, what is your question?


          • Arjun Reddy
            Arjun Reddy 8 Jun, 16 at 7:53 am

            i bought my mobile for 30000 they told 1 plus 1 offer upto now i paid 150000 still i didnt get the parcel my qsn is what they r doing right r wrong ?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 8 Jun, 16 at 8:00 am

              Without knowing the complete details of the offer, i can’t really comment on what is right and what is wrong. Even if you got the second phone for free, you will have to pay the custom duty on both phones.


              • Arjun Reddy
                Arjun Reddy 8 Jun, 16 at 8:02 am

                what about these stamp duty registration fees it is applicable for courier services ah
                i mean for mobiles also we should do that stamp fees?


                • Arjun Reddy
                  Arjun Reddy 8 Jun, 16 at 8:06 am

                  have u heard about that stamp duty registraion for imports?


                  • Anil Gupta
                    Anil Gupta 8 Jun, 16 at 8:31 am

                    I have never heard of stamp duty fees for mobile import.
                    Check this article http://www.am22tech.com/sending-used-phone-india-usa-usps/
                    It has details of what all is part of custom duties.

                    Also, you are only supposed to pay a consolidated single amount for all custom duties. You will also receive a bill and receipt for it.


                    • Arjun Reddy
                      Arjun Reddy 8 Jun, 16 at 10:01 am

                      then what they did to me is fraud ? if it is fraud what can i do for them ?


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 8 Jun, 16 at 11:40 am

                      Hi Arjun,
                      I cannot say if it is a fraud or not. You have to decide.
                      Did you receive your package? Have you got the custom bill or receipt of the paid duties?
                      If not, then ask for it from the courier company.


                    • Arjun Reddy
                      Arjun Reddy 8 Jun, 16 at 9:32 pm

                      hello anil gupta u gave me lot of information now again i tracked my number its the package hold by local body tax ?


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 9 Jun, 16 at 7:20 am

                      Don’t worry, you should receive your package after all clearances. Or call your courier service to know the status and why it is stuck there.


                    • Arjun Reddy
                      Arjun Reddy 9 Jun, 16 at 9:28 am

                      hello ani gupta,
                      is sales and services taxation fee 20000 they asking me to pay the sales and service taxation also should pay for that courier services ah ?


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 9 Jun, 16 at 11:11 am

                      I don’t know what kind of contract you had with the courier service. They should have asked you for a single amount including everything.


                    • Ajay singh
                      Ajay singh 12 Jun, 16 at 10:29 am

                      Please contact me
                      ajay23894@yahoo.in


                    • Ajay singh
                      Ajay singh 12 Jun, 16 at 10:29 am

                      Did you get the package???


                    • Ajay singh
                      Ajay singh 12 Jun, 16 at 10:30 am

                      9446524817
                      This is my contact no.


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 13 Jun, 16 at 7:25 am

                      Hi Ajay, it is not a good idea to share your mobile number on public platform. There is a good chance that you will start getting SPAM messages on it.
                      I would suggest to delete your comment (with phone number) once you have spoken to the concerned person for help.

                      The same holds true for your email address.


                    • Arjun Reddy
                      Arjun Reddy 12 Jun, 16 at 1:48 pm

                      i didnt pay the service tax thy told me to pay 20000 i dnt no what courier service is that i dnt no wat to do bro


                    • Ajay singh
                      Ajay singh 12 Jun, 16 at 10:29 am

                      I’m stuck with stamp duty tax


                    • Arjun Reddy
                      Arjun Reddy 12 Jun, 16 at 1:46 pm

                      no bro i didnt get my parcel u r still in stamp duty tax after that they ill ask to pay local body tax 20000 after that toll gate tax 25000 after that they ill ask sales tax service to pay 20000


                    • Arjun Reddy
                      Arjun Reddy 9 Jun, 16 at 9:29 am

                      i should pay for sales tax service fees also ah ?


                    • Ajay singh
                      Ajay singh 12 Jun, 16 at 10:28 am

                      Sir I also have been contacted by the same person


                    • Arjun Reddy
                      Arjun Reddy 8 Jun, 16 at 9:32 pm

                      have u heard about that LBT local body tax ?


                    • Arjun Reddy
                      Arjun Reddy 8 Jun, 16 at 9:46 pm

                      four months back mukemeka guy asked about LBT (local body tax)to u what happen to that guy he got the delivery ah?


                    • Arjun Reddy
                      Arjun Reddy 8 Jun, 16 at 10:07 am

                      DDFF078B3F this is my tracking number global mertex courier services can u plz check it once it is true r not


              • Arjun Reddy
                Arjun Reddy 8 Jun, 16 at 8:13 am

                again they said that wat u have paid for these services is refundable hw can i refund that amount ?


          • Arjun Reddy
            Arjun Reddy 8 Jun, 16 at 7:55 am

            u have any idea about that courier service about global mertex courier services


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 8 Jun, 16 at 7:59 am

              I have not heard about this courier service before. But, if you bought the mobile from a well known online retailer, then you should be okay.


      • Arjun Reddy
        Arjun Reddy 8 Jun, 16 at 7:49 am

        at last they said that u wil get the parcel by today from three days iam depositing my money is this true all these process we should carry ah ? the courier service is global mertex courier service from uk we can trust with this courier service


  35. chris Royal
    chris Royal 5 May, 16 at 12:24 am

    hi anil how much fedex charges u paid?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 May, 16 at 12:36 pm

      USPS charged $108 for global express delivery.
      I had declared used phone value as $50.

      If we convert $50 into INR @ of $1 = INR 66, we get 3300 INR.
      Fedex took INR 2400 (including their own fees for custom clearance and custom fees) in India.


      • Vishal Kumar
        Vishal Kumar 19 Aug, 16 at 8:23 pm

        So here who is suppose to pay the 3300 and 2400 sender or the receiver ??


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Aug, 16 at 7:28 am

          Yes, the receiver in India has to pay it. The Fedex delivery guy will collect it in cash before handing over the package.


  36. chris Royal
    chris Royal 3 May, 16 at 11:08 pm

    hello anil im chris i want to send i phone 5se 64gb to India Mumbai so plz help me out with these coz i dnt want my brother to get trouble in these coustom


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 May, 16 at 7:19 am

      Hi Chris,
      I would suggest to send it by ‘USPS Global delivery Express’. The price is just a tad lower than Fedex, but still uses Fedex delivery in India.
      They take care of all the custom clearance processes and deliver within 2-3 days, if there is no custom clearance delay.

      I just sent one Nexus used phone to India last month using this service and I was really happy. It has all the tracking and they even accept supporting documents on email (in India, for custom clearance).

      I am in the process of writing the article on this whole process and would be published soon on this blog.


      • Nirmal
        Nirmal 9 Jun, 16 at 5:13 am

        Hi anil
        Can i send note 4 edge via fedex ( usa to lucknow) without any stop at custom iffice india. They will take care of all custom clearance and duties.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Jun, 16 at 7:24 am

          I have documented the process to send any electronic device (primarily mobile) to India via USPS global express (it uses Fedex delivery in India) here:
          http://www.am22tech.com/sending-used-phone-india-usa-usps/

          Follow the link to know the exact process, amount of custom duties and documentation required in India.

          The Fedex will take care of all the custom clearances for you. Your Indian person will receive the package as they would normally receive any other standard mail. No need to run to any custom office.


          • Nirmal
            Nirmal 9 Jun, 16 at 1:23 pm

            Thanks for reply. So it means if i send mobile through fedex then i do not need to fill all above form. They will take care of all custom things once i shipped mobile from fedex office.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 9 Jun, 16 at 1:30 pm

              You will have to fill the custom declaration form when you send it from USA. This is a 1 page form about declared value and purpose of shipment.

              In India, Fedex will ask you to submit identity documents (of the person receiving the package) and they will take care of everything else themselves (including filling up of any forms in India).


  37. 'Bidisha Kulshrestha
    'Bidisha Kulshrestha 29 Apr, 16 at 4:09 am

    Friend from London has sent a gift ..on the airway receipt say value is approx.780 USD. It contains electronic items like iphone ,macbook and some custom jewellery. I got a call from someone in Mumbai (Im in Delhi) and said I have to pay INR 37500 for clearance. Is it some kind of scam coz I havent got any email or anythng . How can I simply pay to some person without any verification.I do not know the procedure for custom clearance.Any help would be greatly appreciated


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Apr, 16 at 8:01 am

      The procedure for custom clearance is that you would receive a bill from custom department by formal mail. This custom clearance is done at the port of package entry. I am not sure why it is Bombay for you. It should be Delhi international airport, if the address on package is Delhi.

      The second point to note is that the mail courier takes care of the package clearance formalities.
      Normally, if your friend used a Fedex or UPS as courier, they would themselves get the custom clearance done (without you visiting the post office or custom office). They will just give you a call to notify and submit some verification documents and then take care of the process.

      If the Courier that your friend used in UK does not have any business partner in India, they would normally hand it over to ‘India Post’ for delivering. You then need to visit the ‘India Post’s’ international package office (in Delhi, you should visit the ‘Foreign India post’s’ post office. I think it is in Kashmere Gate (Near state bus stand)).

      Normally, you would visit the ‘Foreign Indian Post Office’ in your city to pay the amount and then they would release the package.
      Everything will happen formally and you would receive the bill as well as the receipt.

      Do not pay something to someone without any proper authenticated bills.

      I recently sent one mobile phone from US to India using Fedex and in the process of writing up the whole process in a separate article. Will share the details once the article is published.

      Let me know if you need more information.


      • 'Bidisha Kulshrestha
        'Bidisha Kulshrestha 30 Apr, 16 at 12:45 am

        Thanks so much, Anil. Really appreciate your reply.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 30 Apr, 16 at 7:23 am

          You are welcome.


  38. smit
    smit 21 Mar, 16 at 11:21 pm

    HI,

    I have query related i phone 6 which have sent me (pune india) from USA by my friend as a gift through USPS (First-Class Package International Service) on 4th of march.

    USPS is saying it has been reached to indian custom office, i have spoke with custom office (mumbai) they are say still your gift has not received. Even if it received then it will come to your home by post office person.

    How to track my parcel ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Mar, 16 at 5:11 am

      USPS provides tracking (if you paid for it) online. Use it to track the package.
      Also, they handover it to Indian post once the package reaches India as they do not have their own service there.


      • smit
        smit 23 Mar, 16 at 12:33 am

        LC332091522US this is tracking ID. It is showing still in Chicago but they are saying it received in Indian custom office.
        So how i will come to know where to ask about parcel ?

        Thanks for reply


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 24 Mar, 16 at 7:22 am

          I tried tracking your parcel in India post tracking but, it does not show me anything.
          I am afraid you have no other option than to wait for USPS to update the status on their website.

          Who is saying that it was received in Indian custom office?


          • smit
            smit 24 Mar, 16 at 11:20 pm

            USPS said like that, but in India they unable to track.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 25 Mar, 16 at 7:28 am

              I would agree that once the package has left USPS hands, it gets un-reliable as it is on India post to deliver.
              And we all know how India Post works!

              I would advice you to use USPS global express service (uses FedEx as delivery in India instead of India post) for next time. Its much more reliable and better.

              Do let me know what happens with your package. I am also in the process of sending one phone to India via USPS. But, your experience is keeping me away from using USPS.


              • smit
                smit 25 Mar, 16 at 11:38 pm

                Yes next time i will prefer other service.
                i will attach both pics of status.
                These are status USPS showing currently.


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 30 Apr, 16 at 7:23 am

                  Hi Smit,
                  Did you finally get your package? Any suggestions to keep in mind with USPS?

                  I had in-fact recently used USPS’s ‘Global express delivery’ service as they use Fedex’s delivery service in India. That was pretty smooth and they got the customs cleared and delivered the package within 5-7 days at home.

                  Your feedback with India Post (and USPS) will help others here.


              • Harry
                Harry 13 Oct, 16 at 9:46 pm

                Hi sir my relative want to send some vegan protein from Canada to india with some cloths.they send me as gift.please suggest me how with better way I will save custom. Is any specified amount gift free from custom in india.thanks.Regards Harry


  39. Vajahath khan
    Vajahath khan 5 Mar, 16 at 4:46 am

    Mr.anil Gupta I won international giveaway contest for Samsung s7 edge and they will ship it to my address .so should I HV to pay for it becoz it giveaway if yes then how much I have to pay plz reply me. Thanks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Mar, 16 at 7:24 am

      You will have to pay for it, if they don’t pay for custom duties and taxes. The amount will depend on the real cost of device + shipping + insurance that they declare. Please see the rules mentioned above for calculation.

      If it is shipped from within India, then you might not have to pay anything.


  40. mukemeka
    mukemeka 18 Feb, 16 at 1:46 am

    Hi sir , please help..Have ordered 3 galaxy s6 edge plus from US, now the delivery company asked 23500rs for costum duties, later 18500rs for indian tax and now they are requesting 33500rs for LBT karnataka before they deliver the package. Shall i be worried?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 16 at 9:14 am

      I don’t understand your question completely. Is 33,500 the total amount that they are demanding as custom duty and taxes?
      If yes, then, it might be true as India has high taxes on imported mobiles.

      They would anyway provide you with the final custom bill + any service charges that they would charge to get it cleared from customs.


      • mukemeka
        mukemeka 18 Feb, 16 at 9:57 am

        No Actually the 33500 is only for the LBT. Initially 23500 was paid as clearance duty, later on 18500 as indian tax.
        Isn’t too much for just 3 mobile phones?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 16 at 3:25 pm

          I am not sure about the full form of LBT.
          But, as a general rule, you should expect to pay about 40% extra (convert USD to INR and then calculate percent) including the shipping and customs.

          I would agree that import duties are pretty high in India.


          • mukemeka
            mukemeka 19 Feb, 16 at 10:31 pm

            Thank you very much for your help!


            • Arjun Reddy
              Arjun Reddy 8 Jun, 16 at 9:43 pm

              hello mukemeka wat happen to ur delivery u got it how about that LBT we should pay for that local body tax to enter in karnataka?


  41. Prasad
    Prasad 10 Feb, 16 at 2:59 am

    Hi Anil
    My sister live in London she wants to send iPhone 6 plus can u say how to send


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 16 at 6:34 am

      She can either send it by courier or someone has to carry it personally.
      You can’t evade custom duty if she sends by courier.


  42. Rahul Vijay
    Rahul Vijay 27 Nov, 15 at 2:40 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have won apple tv in a online contest. Contest hosting company are sending me by FedEx from USA. Value of apple tv is $149. In India, will they consider under duty free as it is prize/gift?? Do they calculate for courier charge/service charge paid by them?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Nov, 15 at 3:54 am

      Hi Rahul,
      Prizes are not counted as gift.
      The shipping and original cost of device would be counted as the total value to calculate custom duties.


      • Rahul Vijay
        Rahul Vijay 27 Nov, 15 at 11:24 am

        Thanks Anil.. Just one more question. What if they sent as gift cards via mail?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 27 Nov, 15 at 11:27 am

          I think gift cards can not be detected and you can get them without duties.

          I am not sure though.


          • Rahul Vijay
            Rahul Vijay 27 Nov, 15 at 11:31 am

            That was quick. Thanks a lot Anil. I really appreciate it.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 27 Nov, 15 at 8:15 pm

              You are welcome. We try to reply as early as possible for our guest’s convenience.


  43. Rishitesh Ahuja
    Rishitesh Ahuja 18 Nov, 15 at 2:01 am

    Hi Anil
    One of my relatives sent me an iphone 6s worth $800 from USA to Delhi through USPS Currently the phone is with custom people. Can you please tell me that do I need to pay any custom duty on this ? If yes, how would I pay this amount? Would really appreciate if you can help on this please ?
    Thanks
    Rishitesh


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Nov, 15 at 8:09 am

      Hi Rishitesh,

      Did your relative paid for the customs in advance in USA? These days, courier services take care of all the clearances in India, if you opt for it, while shipping it from USA.
      If not, then the courier company will send you a letter at your address OR call you, mentioning the amount you need to deposit. Once you deposit the amount, they will release the phone.
      Most probably, you would need to pay it to the courier company and they will get the clearances for you and handover the package.


      • Rishitesh Ahuja
        Rishitesh Ahuja 18 Nov, 15 at 2:10 pm

        Hi Anil,
        Thanks for your reply. Really appreciate your help.
        My relative paid the postage fees only of $61.5 (Priority email express international). I called up the custom people today and they said that “go to the foreign post office tomorrow and ask for your package. We might have cleared your package as we don’t take so much of time”. He didn’t ask me for any information though I mentioned him that the tracking shows – custom clearance processed on 16th November. He just gave his thoughts on this information.
        I am scared !! What if I don’t get my package from foreign post office tomorrow? Need your valuable suggestion.
        Thanks for all your help.
        Kind Regards
        Rishitesh


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 18 Nov, 15 at 9:46 pm

          If the package was already cleared from customs, then you should contact the USPS office. They are responsible to deliver it to your address in India. You are not supposed to go to poat office.

          I think the package would be delivered ina day or two.


          • Rishitesh Ahuja
            Rishitesh Ahuja 21 Nov, 15 at 11:36 am

            Thanks Anil.
            I went to the foreign post office, they said that your package is under custom examination. Custom duty will be charged on your package. I have to visit them again on Monday. They are very irresponsible. They just don’t have any concerns for the package. Too lazy to do anything for people.
            Thanks
            Rishitesh


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 21 Nov, 15 at 11:44 am

              Ya..I can understand the pain of going through government office and procedures.
              Infact, these days if you use FedEx, they take the pain of all these custom clearances and they even charges you the custom duty upfront at the time of booking the package. That way it becomes easier for a common man.

              Anyway, do share the total amount that they charges once you have got your phone.
              It will help others on this forum to make a purchase decision.


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