Includes information on what is required for temporary entry
Last Published: 8/3/2017
All goods entering India are subject to Customs inspection and clearance.  An individual must be in India and is usually required to be present during the Customs clearance process.  Most household goods and personal effects are granted tax and duty-free entry provided they have been used and in the individuals possession for a minimum of six months.

Indian customs authorities encourage the use of an ATA (Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission) Carnet for the temporary admission of professional equipment, commercial samples, and/or goods for exhibitions and fair purposes. ATA Carnet Headquarters, located at the U.S. Council for International Business, 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, issues and guarantees the ATA Carnet in the United States. For additional information call (212) 354-4480, or email USCIB for details.

Before traveling to or from India, you are urged to inspect all bags and clothing thoroughly to ensure they do not inadvertently contain prohibited items. Several U.S. citizens have been arrested or detained when airport security officials discovered loose ammunition (even spent individual bullets and casings) or weapons in their luggage. If you are found to have loose ammunition or bullets (including empty bullet shells used in souvenirs) on your person or in your bags, you could be charged with violation of the Indian Arms Act, incarcerated, and/or deported from India.

For information on temporary import of goods, please refer Chapter 8 of the Country Commercial Guide.

 

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