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  6 Jan, 20


Cost of Sending iPhone to India Calculator 2020

The cost of shipping iPhone from USA to India is USD $150. Buying iPhone 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 4, Samsung Note, Samsung S10 to India.

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 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.


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 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.

Who pays the Custom Duty on imported iPhone in India?

The Indian receiver is required to pay the custom 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 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.

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 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 on imported mobile phones in India including iPhone.
GST is 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 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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 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.


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  413 Useful Questions & Answers

    RIPUDAMAN KOCHHAR 14 Feb, 17 at 2:08 pm

    I have purchased a used Iphone 6 plus from an online Indian e-commerce website.
    On the bill they have deducted Rs2000 as tax, so i want to ask , is there tax on selling used products too?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Feb, 17 at 2:34 pm

      This question is related to Indian purchase. Not related to this article.

      Tax is charged on sales irrespective of used or new item.

  2. 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!

  3. Jabi
    Jabi 21 Oct, 16 at 6:36 am

    Hi Anil,

    I read comments past 1 year.
    All are appreciated. I would like to buy iPhone 7 plus 128 GB ($869) from (us). website ready to ship India by UPS. Shipping charge $51. I contact ShopUSA India ( they will ready for declare price as my like.
    1. If I pay $51 ShopUSA shipping charge. Indeed to pay extra for UPS India for handling or clearance ? ( duty I am ready for pay)
    2. If iphone reached at US hub from iphone were house they will move my package to extra their own box ? ( I buy Micromax from flipkart. I got flipkart cartoon box )
    3. If I declare price “$469” wroth iPhone “6 plus”. Customs will open my package ? If scanning detect iPhone 7 box ?

    Help me bhai.
    (Forgive me for My bad English)

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 Oct, 16 at 12:35 pm

      Indian customs can open the package and check what phone is really inside. They do it everyday and it is difficult to fool them.

  4. vivek rajput
    vivek rajput 13 Oct, 16 at 2:19 pm

    hiii anil

  5. 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.

    • 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!

  6. 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.

  7. praveen v
    praveen v 20 Jul, 16 at 6:29 am

    Hi Anil,
    could you please tell me how much (what percentage) customs will charge us or on what base they charge us by getting an iphone6 though Indian mail.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Jul, 16 at 7:34 am

      Hi Praveen,
      Everything has been mentioned in above article.

      • praveen v
        praveen v 20 Jul, 16 at 7:47 am

        ah.. sorry anil i did forget to mentioned that i was asking about an used one.. on which base they calculate the customs duty on that.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Jul, 16 at 8:08 am

          The total cost declared by you + shipping + insurance cost mentioned in your courier bill.
          Read more about it here (I sent used Nexus phone to India and how much custom was charged is mentioned):

          • praveen v
            praveen v 20 Jul, 16 at 8:31 am

            Thanks for the speedy reply , in my case there is no bill its a gift from my friend overseas. it was a mobile he using. insurance was taken for 600 AUD. plus 60 as shipping. and its via Australian express post (EMS)

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 20 Jul, 16 at 8:46 am

              It depends on what Custom officer assesses. He may or may not deem it as a gift and hence the actual cost cannot be determined.
              Once he finds the value (if it is gift, then zero, else whatever he assesses it to be), + all other costs like insurance and shipping and then he will calculate the custom taxes.

              • praveen v
                praveen v 20 Jul, 16 at 8:56 am

                is there any fine will be there ? or just the charges as u mentioned above
                , i mean is that allowed to send the electronic items like this via normal post

                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 20 Jul, 16 at 9:07 am

                  I don’t think there is any fine for sending anything by normal mail. It is your choice. Everything is scanned at the port of entry and they would know what’s inside.

                  • praveen v
                    praveen v 20 Jul, 16 at 9:10 am

                    thanks man …. you were informative..i appreciate your effort 🙂

                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 20 Jul, 16 at 9:15 am

                      You are welcome.

      • Vishal Kumar
        Vishal Kumar 19 Aug, 16 at 7:48 pm

        hey anil need ua help urgently but i am not able to put any comment on any of the topic . . its showing dat i cant make a blank comment

  8. 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.

  9. 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
                    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

                    • 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

                      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

  10. 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.