May I carry cheese from an EU country to India? Block cheese such as cheddar.

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#1 Jan 11th, 2019, 13:16
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A friend wants this. Being dairy, is cheese allowed into India? I want to take only what is legal.
When I search on google, I am seeing mostly import / export rules advisory by foreign governments. Where can I find the Indian Govt's website that shows customs rules etc.?

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Personally I would take Gouda. But, how big of a block.?
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I want to take a few types of cheese, total not exceeding a kg. Gouda is fine. My concern is about the permission to take it into India, even for personal consumption. I found this website https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/IN-India-customs-currency-airport-tax-regulations-details.htm  

where it says:

"Livestock and livestock products: the import of these, by any means including cargo or baggage is restricted and requires .... Products include:
- meat and meat products of all kinds of fresh, chilled and frozen meat, tissue or organs;
- egg and egg powder;
- milk and milk products;
- bovine, ovine and caprine embryos, ova or semen;
- pet foods of animal origin;

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This site seems to have some useful information:

http://www.customsindiaonline.com/content.php?id=tariff2012


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That is really some hard work and thinking for a small amount of cheese People do it all the time, no issues at all.

Worst case scenario if you are having a really bad time, the cheese may be confiscated, so buy some Amul Gauda locally, and tell your friend to enjoy it watching some Bollywood song shot in Switzerland.
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The saffron army believes all hard cheeses are made using calf rennet. So be circumspect, at least as long as they rule the roost.
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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post The saffron army believes all hard cheeses are made using calf rennet. So be circumspect, at least as long as they rule the roost.
Golghar, with due respect, this is unnecessary fear mongering and a wrong place to make a point, with which btw, i would have concurred had it been a factor.
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May I carry cheese from an EU country to India? Block cheese such as cheddar.

I have taken cheeses to India many times. Not only from Australia but also from Nepal. Never had any issue. Walk through green channel and there will be no problem.
One time I did declare it but the customs guy just waived me on.
Various kinds of cheese are also available in India. I have not come across any political angle with cheese.
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Technically you need to declare it to customs. But in real life it is very unlikely that it will be confiscated even if it is detected.

Meat products on the other hand are a strict no and might be confiscated if found.

I still take a few kilos of sausages on every trip . The sausage detection/ confiscation ratio has been 1 out of 10 and that too at DEL. At COK it has not been an issue for nearly two decades as long as its not commercial quantities and is for personal use.

Even at DEL my sausage's were confiscated as they suspected that it was for commercial use ( it was'nt and a few friends had asked for a few kilos each) as it was nearly 8kg in total..
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I got around 1.2 kilograms of cheese while coming back from Borough market in London - a mix of Gouda and Parmesan. Just waltzed in right through Bombay airport unaware of the fact that cheese may be an issue.
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May I carry cheese from an EU country to India? Block cheese such as cheddar.

Next time, you'll be showing all those guilt/stress signs that customs officers are trained to look for. Not knowing was better!

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That actually is true. The Customs people all over are trained to watch demeanor. Be confident yet not arrogant, exude the joy of life. It makes a difference. I carried two suitcases of chocolate last trip..
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Exactly. Even the rate at which you blink!
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What a friend we have in cheeses!

Sorry. Never mind. Carry on.
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post That actually is true. The Customs people all over are trained to watch demeanor. Be confident yet not arrogant, exude the joy of life. It makes a difference. I carried two suitcases of chocolate last trip..
Two suitcases
I thought now every country, airport scan checked and hand baggage! Not true for India ?
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