Baggage means 'belongings' of a passenger traveling from one place to
another. All items brought into or taken out of India are subject to exchange
management and customs duties are imposed at the specified rates. The
owner is required to make a declaration of the contents of the baggage
to the Customs Officials for obtaining clearance. The declaration is to
be made on a prescribed form. The rate of duty and tariff valuation shall
be determined based on the date on which the declaration is made.
Baggage rules vary according to the passenger's duration of stay abroad,
the country he or she is coming from, and the age of the passenger. Usually
all passenger's get a duty free allowance within which they can bring
various goods without payment of any duty. When the total value of the
goods exceed the duty free allowance, customs duty at a flat rate has
to be paid only on the value exceeding the duty free allowance. Personal
and household effects are treated as baggage and can be imported freely
without any restriction as to the value of the goods. There are certain
items for which duty is charged at various rates based on the Customs
Tariff and not at the flat rate usually applicable for most baggage items.
Concessions for Transfer of Residence may be availed by a person who
has been residing abroad for a minimum period of two years and is transferring
his residence for a minimum period of one year. Importers or Exporters
are required to obtain a license or Customs Clearance Permit (CCP) and
Import Export Code number to import/export goods into or out of India.
Passengers should declare foreign currency in the currency declaration
form if currency notes, bank notes or TC's are in excess of US $10,000
or equivalent. In case of currency notes only these are be declared if
the same are in excess of US$ 5,000 or equivalent.
Jewellery or articles made wholly or mainly of gold or of silver, in excess
of permitted limit.
(Rs.20, 000/- for females and Rs.10, 000/- for males)
Dangerous drugs such as coca leaf, cocaine, hemp, charas, opium, morphine
and their mixtures and derivatives.
Any obscene book, pamphlet, paper, drawing, painting, representation,
figure, article or objectionable literature or any class of goods.
Plants including parts of plants, soil seeds, fruits, dry fruits, vegetables,
flowers, coffee seeds, coffee beans, cottons and un-manufactured tobacco
which may contain exotic pests/diseases.
Pet animals and birds in a limited number.
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