Send iPhone USA to India, Custom Duty, GST Tax Calculator

Sending iPhone to India is expensive (customs 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.

Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta    Updated  30 Apr, 20

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.

Use this Calculator to find Indian customs duty on importing phone from China, US, Canada, UK or Australia:

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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

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.


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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