Duty on Laptops

#1 May 9th, 2005, 20:47
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Does anybody know how much duty is charged, if you bring a laptop to India from the US. A friend of mine is carrying an office laptop, and I want him to bring another one for me also. Will he have to pay duty on the second laptop?. If so, what would the duty be?.
Please help. I need to tell him tonight.
#2 May 9th, 2005, 21:16
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I'm quite certain that you can dodge the duty by bringing it in promising that it's for personal use and will be exported by yourself on your way out.

Taking 4 seconds to go to Google, 2 seconds to type in: "india customs laptop duty", and waiting 0.32 seconds for Google to do its thing, I managed to find these results:
http://www.geocities.com/indiancustoms/
http://www.ieport.com/baggage_rules/faq.htm , take 0.01 seconds to hit "ctrl+f" and exert 1 second to type in: "duty on laptops"
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but his friend is brining twooooo
dutywont be much these days
but on second thoughts laptops start at less than 30 k in India atm...
I suppose you wil have to get one with world wide wrranty ey?
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He will be bringing two laptops. I am not clear what the rule is.

He can get a letter from the office saying one is an official laptop, he had taken it from India. Now, he is coming back after buying a personal laptop.
So, can't he get it duty free?. Sounds plausible but everyone tells me otherwise. If you carry two laptops you have to pay duty. Is that true?.
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Duty on Laptops

Technically, you are allowed only one laptop duty free. Does not matter whether it is new or old. If more than one is carried, then theoretically, your friend will have to pay a duty of 50%, on the cost of the laptop less the standard exemption limit of Rs. 25000.

This is theoretical. Normally, the customs chaps don't bother about laptops. Alternately, Since every passenger is entitled to one, perhaps your friend can request someone to carry it through customs for him.

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Yep, this is the kind of info I wanted. Was worth the wait. Would you know how they decide the price of the laptop?.

Was just wondering, if I can cheat there. Anyway, thanks samir. I have a better idea now.
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The customs officers have some leeway in deciding the price of the machine. They usually have a book which has prices of some models. This book does not usually have any of the latest models, and if you don't have an invoice, then they will usually claim that it has a higher price than what you paid for it. If you have an invoice, they generally dispute that too, but you can see a supervisor and get the invoice accepted. Otherwise, you can usually "settle" the price with the customs officer.

My feeling is, get an invoice. Let your friend try to pass through the green channel, and if he is stopped, show the invoice, and pay the duty. After the standard exemption, there is not much duty to be paid anyway.

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I got it. My friend dumped two laptops in the same laptop bag. He was caught but he explained that one was business and the other personal and he thought it was fine and all. They let go after warning and he didn't have to pay any duty.
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Is there no way that you can get the laptops entered on your passport like the old days. Then they simply check that what came with you leaves with you therefor no duty is incurred??
I find it strange you would be asked for duty simply by having brought two laptops as long as the said laptops leave the country with you you shouldn't have to pay!!
Then again I'm not a bureaucrat, they don't think like normal human beings
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No. I was assuming that until two days before the actual journey, then just confusion between theory and practice and ...
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Duty on Laptops

Dear Kaushiks,

Good for you!

I think the present system is much nicer than entering things on your passport. As Kaushiks friend realized, they really don't care about laptops coming in duty free.

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Samir

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