Cost of Sending iPhone to India Calculator 2020
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.
Cost of sending iphone to India by Fedex
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.
Any person can send mobile as a gift to India. It can be your business associate, friends, relatives, companies abroad can send mobile as gift to India.
No relationship proof is required.
The Indian receiver is required to pay the custom duty and taxes on imported mobile.
You can pay iPhone custom duty yourself at 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. 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.
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.
GST tax is applied on imported mobile phones in India including iPhone.
GST is short form of Goods and Services tax.
Sales tax is not charged on imported mobile phone in India.
You cannot avoid Indian custom duty by marking mobile package as a gift when shipping to India.
Only gifts up-to INR 10,000 worth of single package are allowed as custom free in India.
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.
You have to pay custom duty on mobile phone while receiving it in India even when you won it in any online competition or lottery or anything.
You can carry 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 customs form, you may have to pay penalty if you are caught.
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 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.