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    Angry Custom Duty worries giving sleepless nights

    Dear friends I have paid X Pounds to a company in UK to purchase some audio cds/audiobooks , not music cds. The Order is prepaid and I have paid VAT/Tax for the UK part not India. The UK based company told me its entirely upto me to pay Custom Duty or any other VAT/Tax charges that applies for importing items into India. What I want to know is how much VAT/Tax or Custom Duty charges I'll have to pay to the Custom Officials?? My order totaled few hundred less than 10,000/- rupees. I do not live in Mumbai to just go and pay the duty and then pick up my items directly from them. I am based in South India. So can anyone give me exact answer whether my package will be "on hold" or released?? or if its released then do I have to pay the duty?? also how much is the duty?? how long do they take to release the items?? This is the first time I am importing something from abroad. Please note that these cds are copyrighted not some Illegal stuff. So anyone who knows how the customs operate please guide me. Thanks and god bless.

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    Hi! Well, I'll just open this thread for the Forum members to answer. I'm not too sure about the duty laws, but I'm sure you will get info here.

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    Consult a lawyer.

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    sir, hope you are heard of - "you get what you pay for". i.e if you pay for a lawyer, you will get accurate quality answers. if you want free answers, well then here it is -













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    Sorry can't advice. No idea. A good lawyer may help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sk90 View Post
    Dear friends I have paid X Pounds to a company in UK to purchase some audio cds/audiobooks , not music cds. The Order is prepaid and I have paid VAT/Tax for the UK part not India. The UK based company told me its entirely upto me to pay Custom Duty or any other VAT/Tax charges that applies for importing items into India. What I want to know is how much VAT/Tax or Custom Duty charges I'll have to pay to the Custom Officials?? My order totaled few hundred less than 10,000/- rupees. I do not live in Mumbai to just go and pay the duty and then pick up my items directly from them. I am based in South India. So can anyone give me exact answer whether my package will be "on hold" or released?? or if its released then do I have to pay the duty?? also how much is the duty?? how long do they take to release the items?? This is the first time I am importing something from abroad. Please note that these cds are copyrighted not some Illegal stuff. So anyone who knows how the customs operate please guide me. Thanks and god bless.
    bro first thing is in which address they will ship the products. if they are UK production whose taxes are not paid in India and would be shipped in India attracts custom taxes. the customs would contact you for the same. they will ask the valuation of the product upon which the tax would be calculated. nothing to worry about and dont be stressed there is nothing illegal about it. if you bought genuine cash paid items then nothing to worry about. if ur shipping address is south africa then laws would be different. if ur shipping address is in india then the mail from customs will come to that address

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticmantra View Post
    bro first thing is in which address they will ship the products. if they are UK production whose taxes are not paid in India and would be shipped in India attracts custom taxes. the customs would contact you for the same. they will ask the valuation of the product upon which the tax would be calculated. nothing to worry about and dont be stressed there is nothing illegal about it. if you bought genuine cash paid items then nothing to worry about. if ur shipping address is south africa then laws would be different. if ur shipping address is in india then the mail from customs will come to that address

    Thanks for some insight. From UK they have sent it as "International Signed" meaning registered post. The procedure is like when I receive it through postman they will be informed that it has been delivered to the correct person , with my signature at the time of delivery. I had contacted mumbai post office over this worry and one lady told me that atleast by one week it will be with customs. I asked why one week and she said its the way it is. LOL. I don't understand why it has to be one week long inspection? I mean are they going to listen to my cds?? LOL and one more thing the lady at the head post office said the custom duty needs to be paid to the postman at the time of delivery but you are saying a mail will come from customs side to my address. I am so confused!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk90 View Post
    Thanks for some insight. From UK they have sent it as "International Signed" meaning registered post. The procedure is like when I receive it through postman they will be informed that it has been delivered to the correct person , with my signature at the time of delivery. I had contacted mumbai post office over this worry and one lady told me that atleast by one week it will be with customs. I asked why one week and she said its the way it is. LOL. I don't understand why it has to be one week long inspection? I mean are they going to listen to my cds?? LOL and one more thing the lady at the head post office said the custom duty needs to be paid to the postman at the time of delivery but you are saying a mail will come from customs side to my address. I am so confused!
    Sr No
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    Retention Reason
    Relevant Legal provision for Valuation/ Remarks
    1. Goods imported for personal use by post or Air. The dutiable articles, intended for personal use, imported by post or air, are restricted subject to value limit of Rs.2,000/- (CIF)*. In view of the above restriction, the goods having value more than Rs.2, 000/- (CIF) become restricted / prohibited for import and the same are liable for confiscation**. * As per the conditions laid down under the CTH 9804 & under clause 3(1)(i) of Foreign Trade
    (Exemption from application of Rules in certain cases) order, 1993 (Notification S.O. No. 1056(E) dated 31.12.1993.
    ** Under Section 111 (d) of the Customs Act, 1962 and the importer is liable for penalty & fine under Section 112 (a) (i) & Section 125 of the Customs Act, 1962 respectively.
    2. Goods parcels treated to be as gift by post. Bonafide gifts upto a value limit of Rs.10, 000/- imported by post are allowed free of duty.
    The gift articles exceeding limit of Rs.10,000/- are leviable to duty @41.492% (under CTH 9804) plus penalty & fine**.
    Under Notification No.171/93-Cus. Dated 16.09.1993.
    3. Samples of imported Goods for Commercial purpose. Bonafide commercial and proto types samples upto a value of Rs.10,000/- are also allowed free of duty, subject to the condition that the said Sample goods have been supplied free of charge. Under Notification No. 154/1994 dated 13.07.1994 (as amended),

    In case of Chemical, DYCC Test Report is required.
    4. Parcels containing Medicines /Cosmetics or life saving drugs imported by post. The post parcels containing Medicine/Cosmetics shall be released only after obtaining NOC (No Objection Certificate) from Asstt. Drug Controller, visits this office on every day during 16.00-17.00 hrs Except Saturday and Govt. Holidays. As per provisions of Drug and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules,1945, ADC (NOC) is required.
    ·It appears that the consignment is covered under serial No. 1 above of this description

    So what i feel is that you have to pay fine as well as penalty along with duty taxes....almost 100% of the value

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpha88 View Post
    Sr No
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    1. Goods imported for personal use by post or Air. The dutiable articles, intended for personal use, imported by post or air, are restricted subject to value limit of Rs.2,000/- (CIF)*. In view of the above restriction, the goods having value more than Rs.2, 000/- (CIF) become restricted / prohibited for import and the same are liable for confiscation**. * As per the conditions laid down under the CTH 9804 & under clause 3(1)(i) of Foreign Trade
    (Exemption from application of Rules in certain cases) order, 1993 (Notification S.O. No. 1056(E) dated 31.12.1993.
    ** Under Section 111 (d) of the Customs Act, 1962 and the importer is liable for penalty & fine under Section 112 (a) (i) & Section 125 of the Customs Act, 1962 respectively.
    2. Goods parcels treated to be as gift by post. Bonafide gifts upto a value limit of Rs.10, 000/- imported by post are allowed free of duty.
    The gift articles exceeding limit of Rs.10,000/- are leviable to duty @41.492% (under CTH 9804) plus penalty & fine**.
    Under Notification No.171/93-Cus. Dated 16.09.1993.
    3. Samples of imported Goods for Commercial purpose. Bonafide commercial and proto types samples upto a value of Rs.10,000/- are also allowed free of duty, subject to the condition that the said Sample goods have been supplied free of charge. Under Notification No. 154/1994 dated 13.07.1994 (as amended),

    In case of Chemical, DYCC Test Report is required.
    4. Parcels containing Medicines /Cosmetics or life saving drugs imported by post. The post parcels containing Medicine/Cosmetics shall be released only after obtaining NOC (No Objection Certificate) from Asstt. Drug Controller, visits this office on every day during 16.00-17.00 hrs Except Saturday and Govt. Holidays. As per provisions of Drug and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules,1945, ADC (NOC) is required.
    ·It appears that the consignment is covered under serial No. 1 above of this description

    So what i feel is that you have to pay fine as well as penalty along with duty taxes....almost 100% of the value
    You might be right as well as wrong because I just found out that one of my friends had purchased some audiobooks from the same publisher , however it was purchased 4 years ago it seems that is in 2012 and the amount was more than 5000 but less than 6000 rupees. He was not subject to duty or anything like that. Hell , he did not even filled out FORM 15CA/15CB and declaration letter stating what the good are for. But still he did not pay anything to the postman. I inquired if he has bought anything recently from abroad and he said no and he doesn't know if the rules for importing good have changed since then. What I observe here is that the Custom acts which you have stated above are quiet old and it looks like the rules have not changed since then.... There is no mention of any customs acts which if were passed recently. Hence I think I would charged the same way my old friend was charged , that is no charge/duty. By the way from where did you get this info??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk90 View Post
    You might be right as well as wrong because I just found out that one of my friends had purchased some audiobooks from the same publisher , however it was purchased 4 years ago it seems that is in 2012 and the amount was more than 5000 but less than 6000 rupees. He was not subject to duty or anything like that. Hell , he did not even filled out FORM 15CA/15CB and declaration letter stating what the good are for. But still he did not pay anything to the postman. I inquired if he has bought anything recently from abroad and he said no and he doesn't know if the rules for importing good have changed since then. What I observe here is that the Custom acts which you have stated above are quiet old and it looks like the rules have not changed since then.... There is no mention of any customs acts which if were passed recently. Hence I think I would charged the same way my old friend was charged , that is no charge/duty. By the way from where did you get this info??
    It depends what the shipper has declared on the package. If original contents and price is mentioned then it's worry. Personal or non personal use can also be mentioned on that. Sometimes shippers declare items as gifts in order to help customers evade the duty tax. Because gift limit is 10000/-. Sometimes couriers like UPS DHL etc also pack in such preventive ways. But if it's EMS or India post then brother you are done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpha88 View Post
    It depends what the shipper has declared on the package. If original contents and price is mentioned then it's worry. Personal or non personal use can also be mentioned on that. Sometimes shippers declare items as gifts in order to help customers evade the duty tax. Because gift limit is 10000/-. Sometimes couriers like UPS DHL etc also pack in such preventive ways. But if it's EMS or India post then brother you are done.
    that called bingo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpha88 View Post
    It depends what the shipper has declared on the package. If original contents and price is mentioned then it's worry. Personal or non personal use can also be mentioned on that. Sometimes shippers declare items as gifts in order to help customers evade the duty tax. Because gift limit is 10000/-. Sometimes couriers like UPS DHL etc also pack in such preventive ways. But if it's EMS or India post then brother you are done.
    Dude , I am not worried about paying taxes. I was worried about if they would detain it. I do not know if the law prevents importing audiocds into India. Even if its 100% duty , I will paying it. What I wanted to know is whether its legal or illegal to import audiobooks/cds and how much would be the duty. Anyway the tracking on indian post office website says this

    Date Time Office Event
    23/02/2016 Mumbai (Ex Bombay) Exchange Office (INDIA) Article Bagged
    23/02/2016 Mumbai (Ex Bombay) (INDIA) Custom Office Received
    19/02/2016 Mumbai (Ex Bombay) Exchange Office (INDIA) Sent for Customs Verification
    19/02/2016 Mumbai (Ex Bombay) Exchange Office (INDIA) Article Received

    I assume that item is ready to be handed over to mumbai post office. what are your thoughts??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk90 View Post
    Dude , I am not worried about paying taxes. I was worried about if they would detain it. I do not know if the law prevents importing audiocds into India. Even if its 100% duty , I will paying it. What I wanted to know is whether its legal or illegal to import audiobooks/cds and how much would be the duty. Anyway the tracking on indian post office website says this

    Date Time Office Event
    23/02/2016 Mumbai (Ex Bombay) Exchange Office (INDIA) Article Bagged
    23/02/2016 Mumbai (Ex Bombay) (INDIA) Custom Office Received
    19/02/2016 Mumbai (Ex Bombay) Exchange Office (INDIA) Sent for Customs Verification
    19/02/2016 Mumbai (Ex Bombay) Exchange Office (INDIA) Article Received

    I assume that item is ready to be handed over to mumbai post office. what are your thoughts??
    Seems that it is still in verification. I am giving you a number to contact , though the phone line remains busy, you have to repeatedly try and quote your tracking number for obtaining info. Here is Number 022-26156063.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpha88 View Post
    Seems that it is still in verification. I am giving you a number to contact , though the phone line remains busy, you have to repeatedly try and quote your tracking number for obtaining info. Here is Number 022-26156063.
    I replied above too. Attaching list of prohibited items below

    • Fire Arms
    • Pornographic and obscene materials
    • Maps and literature where Indian external boundaries have been shown incorrectly.
    • Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
    • Counterfeit goods and goods violating any of the legally enforceable intellectual property right
    • Chemicals mentioned in Schedule 1 to the Chemical Weapons Convention of U.N. 1993.
    • Wild life including its products and endangered species of plants and animals whether live or dead
    • Specified Live birds and animals
    • Wild animals, their parts and products
    • Exotic birds except a few specified ones
    • Import of beef in any form and products containing beef in any form.
    • Specified Sea
    • shells
    • Human skeleton
    • Reptiles skin
    • Sex determination kits
    • Import of mobile handsets without IMEI number or with all zeros IMEI and CDMA mobile phones without electronic serial number (ESN)/Mobile equipment Identifier (MEID) or with all zeros as ESN/MEID.
    • Drawal of foreign exchange for travel to Nepal and/or Bhutan.
    • Any other item as notified from time to time


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    Quote Originally Posted by alpha88 View Post
    I replied above too. Attaching list of prohibited items below

    • Fire Arms
    • Pornographic and obscene materials
    • Maps and literature where Indian external boundaries have been shown incorrectly.
    • Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
    • Counterfeit goods and goods violating any of the legally enforceable intellectual property right
    • Chemicals mentioned in Schedule 1 to the Chemical Weapons Convention of U.N. 1993.
    • Wild life including its products and endangered species of plants and animals whether live or dead
    • Specified Live birds and animals
    • Wild animals, their parts and products
    • Exotic birds except a few specified ones
    • Import of beef in any form and products containing beef in any form.
    • Specified Sea
    • shells
    • Human skeleton
    • Reptiles skin
    • Sex determination kits
    • Import of mobile handsets without IMEI number or with all zeros IMEI and CDMA mobile phones without electronic serial number (ESN)/Mobile equipment Identifier (MEID) or with all zeros as ESN/MEID.
    • Drawal of foreign exchange for travel to Nepal and/or Bhutan.
    • Any other item as notified from time to time

    ok ty. mind to give me the source of this info?

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