Moving to India - clearing customs

#1 Jun 27th, 2018, 19:46
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I hope I have put the thread on the right place. I am planning to move some of the items I have with me to India and I am wondering if I will encounter any problems at the customs if I bring 5 suitcases. Also, I have a few small kitchen items such a steamer, a rice cooker and wanted to take them with me. No issues with the voltage. Will there be an issue at the customs with the number of suitcases and the electronics in the bags?
Another issue related to my hand luggage. I have a soft spot for watches and I have quite a collection. Of course all will have to come with me. I don't have two the same. Will this pose an issue at the customs when entering India cause I know they scan the suitcases when you exit the customs before exiting the airport?
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Originally Posted by celticspirit View Post I hope I have put the thread on the right place. I am planning to move some of the items I have with me to India and I am wondering if I will encounter any problems at the customs if I bring 5 suitcases. Also, I have a few small kitchen items such a steamer, a rice cooker and wanted to take them with me. No issues with the voltage. Will there be an issue at the customs with the number of suitcases and the electronics in the bags?
Another issue related to my hand luggage. I have a soft spot for watches and I have quite a collection. Of course all will have to come with me. I don't have two the same. Will this pose an issue at the customs when entering India cause I know they scan the suitcases when you exit the customs before exiting the airport?
I have seen Indian families arriving in Mumbai with huge amounts of luggage, and they appear to pass through customs and exit Xray just fine. Your best protection may be to carry receipts for anything expensive, like the watches. Otherwise you might be subject to duties. I have friends who arrive annually from the US with extra suitcases full of household goods, and they have never been hassled. My personal list of US-sourced items includes things like wooden clothespins, cat toys, and witch hazel, which I have fruitlessly searched for in India. Once I brought a stainless water bottle packed with organic popcorn, and the customs inspector left it open, so I had popcorn kernels lurking in the nooks of that suitcase for years!
But perhaps you should read about what is dutiable. The list is here: https://www.thebetterindia.com/51227...baggage-rules/
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Moving to India - clearing customs

Are you flying with five suitcases? Alone? How? What airline? I'm amazed!

Getting through customs with such a pile may well attract attention.

You could look up something called "transfer of residence" in Indian customs rules, but I don't know if you can use that coming through an airport.

Having receipts only helps if the stuff read originally bought in India and you are just bringing it back. Or to argue the value.

If you need to ship stuff, look at a company called Excess Baggage. I used them 12 years ago to get a few boxes here when I took what I could from my mum's house after she died. Very reasonable... But you'll have to deal with customs this end, or get an agent to do it.
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Originally Posted by kathill View Post My personal list of US-sourced items includes things like wooden clothespins, cat toys, and witch hazel, which I have fruitlessly searched for in India. Once I brought a stainless water bottle packed with organic popcorn, and the customs inspector left it open, so I had popcorn kernels lurking in the nooks of that suitcase for years!
I still bring wooden clothespins, yep! But now I can get popcorn in Leh, so I don't bring that anymore (and I don't mean those tiny icky packets of popcorn with nasty transfat that are sold in a lot of places. Now I can get just plain kernels, yay!) Sponges! I bring sponges, just plain kitchen sponges, which, like clothespins, I haven't found here, and are so simple and cheap but the alternate versions sold in India just don't work as well, or even really, at all!
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Originally Posted by NonIndianResident View Post I still bring wooden clothespins, yep! But now I can get popcorn in Leh, so I don't bring that anymore (and I don't mean those tiny icky packets of popcorn with nasty transfat that are sold in a lot of places. Now I can get just plain kernels, yay!) Sponges! I bring sponges, just plain kitchen sponges, which, like clothespins, I haven't found here, and are so simple and cheap but the alternate versions sold in India just don't work as well, or even really, at all!
I have been unhappy with Indian sponge choices too. And I have found bulk popcorn in India, but with wildly varying quality - the last kilo I bought is hard and inedible no matter how carefully I pop it. (The NY Times advises that perfect popcorn comes from using lots of oil - about as much oil as unpopped corn. This didn't help either.) My worst (most stupid) import from the US was an Electrolux cordless stick vac. Took up a lot of luggage space. Of course, as soon as I plugged the charger/dock into Indian voltage, it was fried and useless. Some travel lessons are expensive!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Are you flying with five suitcases? Alone? How? What airline? I'm amazed!

Getting through customs with such a pile may well attract attention.
I think as long as you pay for the excess baggage, the airlines don't mind it. I have lots of clothes and shoes+bags... (you know, essential items for a woman), plus a few kitchen items that I love and didn't want to give up on. And few small kitchen appliances such as steamer, mixer and chopper.
Getting through customs when leaving wont be an issue. Flew before with 4 suitcases (3 checked-in and 1 carry-on) and nobody blinked an eye, but it was in Europe. Getting into India with so many bags though....
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Just checked Excess Baggage and they seem to have reasonable prices. I might send two suitcases with them and only take three suitcases with me, plus the carry on. Will have to check with them in more detail. I wonder though how much I will be asked to pay in customs if I send my kitchen items with them. The whole value of the items wont go above 1000 pounds (including the suitcases).

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