Shipping crate through customs

#1 Jan 9th, 2014, 12:39
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By the end of the month I'll have uprooted myself from the US and headed to Mumbai for the next two years, thanks to new found employment. I'm incredibly excited about this. I'm also incredibly paranoid about what is going to happen to my shipping crate while making it's way through customs, and the reason for my concern is explained by this quote:

"...obscene literature (photos and films) are forbidden. Keep in mind that what is considered obscene in India may not be viewed as such in your country."

Porn isn't the issue because I won't be bringing any. What worries me, however, is how the word "obscene" will be interpreted by customs. I've got loads of books that I want to take to India with me, but there are more than a few of them about topics that might be considered "sensitive" or politically offensive in India. Am I being unreasonably paranoid? Does customs even go through entire shipping crates? I'm so clueless about this.

So my question is; will customs thoroughly search through and inspect the contents of my shipping crate? Or does the quote above refer only to items brought in luggage through airports?

Thanks.
#2 Jan 9th, 2014, 12:56
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My guess...

Unless they think you are some sort of social or religious activist, customs will not be at all interested in your books. They are looking for dutiable items, eg electronics.
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What is the estimate shippers give for your crate to arrive by boat ? 2 months ?
#4 Jan 9th, 2014, 15:50
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just make sure nothing on this list is in your stuff.

not sure if that is the entire accurate list, but it could be a start.
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Thanks for the help, y'all. I think I was definitely being irrationally paranoid about this and the whole book thing isn't a concern of mine anymore.

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