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#1 Dec 19th, 2011, 19:53
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Dear all

We are looking to move to Gurgaon in 4-6 weeks. I am trying to work out how to take our Mac and Playstation across. We are taking a container to ship all of our stuff, but not sure if it's safe to put these things in the container - both from damage and theft perspective.

Other option for me would be to pack it and put it as check-in baggage along with me but then - am I going to be in trouble again with Customs?

Any suggestions on what to do or what not to do?

Thanks
Sumit
#2 Dec 20th, 2011, 01:40
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If you take it as checked in luggage then it would really surprise me if you'd be checked. But at least theoretically you should declare the stuff. If you're shifting your residence then you can get a tax free concession on your stuff provided it's not new. For electronics they accept one piece/person. Check the details at the bottom of this page. When a container is shipped it should be sealed in your presence in the UK, note down the seal number and take a pic. Ensure everything during shipping. When it clears customs in India they can only open it in your or your representative's presence, make sure you're there and do not under any circumstances allow them to break the seal if you're not there to witness it. After customs inspection, have them affix a new commercial seal and check the unsealing when the container is in front of your house. If they want to open the container at point of import and put your stuff on a normal truck or on tempos for delivery, beware, in that scenario I'd just say no.

If you do it like this then theft risk is minimal, never had anything damaged during transport when it was professionally packed and I do get around.
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Thanks for your reply/pointers. Interesting comments on the shipping aspect. Have never shipped things before, so was not aware of these things. The shipping company I was talking to said that they could get it cleared from customs at the port. Because the final delivery would be delhi, so I am guessing they would ship to the nearest port (probably mumbai) and then it would be transferred to Delhi via road. So far, I was thinking on the lines that I can let shipping company deal with it.

Looking at the link of CBEC, it says Desktop PC and laptops are both allowed duty free, so in theory, I can packup my MAC (it's a desktop) properly , take it as check-in luggage and declare it on customs. Shouldn't have to pay duty on that anyway. What would be interesting is if they then decide to open all other luggage and investigate/question other items :-)
#4 Dec 21st, 2011, 14:10
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The company could equally well keep it in transit (under customs) in Mumbai and clear it in Delhi (Faridabad container depot). If they break the seal in Mumbai and your container arrives minus half its contents, how can you prove where the fault lies? My advice is not to agree to any deal where you can't witness the breaking of the seal, inspection and re-sealing. Of course if you're feeling lucky none of this matters.

The following gets into the nitty gritty of shipping but you might consider getting it shipped to one of the Gujarat ports, then taking it by road to Delhi. It's closer, the ports are not congested and it's cheaper to boot.

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