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Indian citizens and foreign nationals who are moving to India can
transfer their personal effects and household goods free of any duty payment
subject to the following specifications:
- The owner of the goods should
have lived overseas for at least 2 years and must be shifting his/her residence
- If Indian nationals, they should not have visited India for
more than 180 days in the preceding two years.
- The goods must have been
in the possession of the importer or his/her family for at least a
- Foreign nationals must present valid visa upon arrival of the
- Imports by non-residents only permitted if they enter India
for a stay of not less than 24 hours and not more than 6 months, provided they
visit India not more than once a month.
- Goods will have to be shipped
out within 30 days of the owner arriving in India (it takes 8 weeks to ship
goods to India from USA) - in the event of a delay, goods can be cleared only if
the customs clear the delay. Such being the situation, every case is decided on
- The owner has to be present during customs clearance
and therefore, the owner should have reached India before the shipment arrives
or else end up paying heavy demurrage/container detention charges.
There used to be a compulsory one-year-stay-in-India condition for claiming of
Transfer of Residence duty benefits but that has now been done away with.
Importers can now leave the country anytime after claiming TR
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