Shipping items back to India?

#1 Mar 23rd, 2013, 20:59
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Beware: There is something called "Transfer of Residence", so if you are returning back to India for good, you dont have to pay the custom duty for your belongings.

""""Indian Customs STOLE my precious antiques and for the rest item, they charges heavy Custom Duty"""""

Indian Customs dont have any information about this "Transfer of Residence" on their web site, because 100 if not thousands of agents and corrupt Custom House employes want to make money off of it.

As per Indian Shipping rules, they have permission to open any package ONLY if they find anything suspicious in the scanner, but they will not only steal your items, but also trap you for the rest of the items and make you come 100 times to the custom house, so finally you bow down and pay anything they want under the table.

India CUSTOM HOUSE = THIEF'S

Where can I report this or post it on the internet so others are cautious.

Thanks in advance.
#2 Mar 23rd, 2013, 21:24
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Any more details? I guess that's why people use clearing agents. Or, in your case, relocation agents. Send a thief to catch a thief.
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Originally Posted by blabomckenzie View Post There is something called "Transfer of Residence", so if you are returning back to India for good, you dont have to pay the custom duty for your belongings.
Not true.

1) Some items are totally exempt under TR, but for some items you still have pay custom, however, it's charged at a rate lesser than a regular traveller.

2) Items should be used belongings - i.e. if a majority of your big ticket belongings look like you have been on a shopping spree just before your TR, then those items won't be treated as TR items.

Not saying you did this- but just saying that everything isn't duty free for a TR.

I did a TR and didn't pay a single rupee. But my stuff was handled by clearing agents. And all my stuff was used items.
Another guy I knew did a TR around the same time through the same clearing agents. He ended up paying regular custom duty on a lot of items because he had gone on a shopping spree just before the TR - he had new expensive big screen TV, expensive home theater etc.
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#4 Mar 24th, 2013, 16:55
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""""Indian Customs STOLE my precious antiques
Everyone I know, insures and designates special handlers for movement of antiques of large size and weight even when they move crosstown. You should also know that antiques are not exempt. For foreign movements, there are custom clearing agents and companies that specialize in these matters.
#5 Mar 25th, 2013, 01:07
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Indian Customs dont have any information about this "Transfer of Residence" on their web site,
Another not true.

If it is not on their website, then I can't imagine how I ever found out about it! And took advantage of it.
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Show me the web site online where you have information about the TR? They dont even have that information on their official Govt. Custom web site. I did have an agent , but as I said, they all are there to grab a bigger piece of the pie.

Tell me how big will an antique like "Opera Glasses/Binoculars" will be? I had plenty of small items which I usually collect on ebay, so they were all packed in groups in a box for my convenience. I am the victim here, so its easy for you to blab what ever NON-SENSE !!!

Show me the link !!! You are one of those agents aren't you !!!
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http://www.cbec.gov.in/customs/cs-ac...on-apl2012.htm point number 8 talks about Transfer of Residence. Is that what you were referring to Nick?
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"Attitude" for the Indian bureaucracy is especially important. They take a special delight in dealing with such people. I wanted data and obtained high level ministerial clearance. The officer was good enough to explain to me what would happen. The computer would be down, somebody would be out of station, etc. I might have a letter from a minister but it would never be done. At the time I was crushed. but, I learned an invaluable life lesson which has helped me many times in dealing with the bureaucracy I work in. I approach tasks humbly and with realistic expectations and take special delight in the rare events that I overcome the situational inertia of bureaucracy..
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post ... Is that what you were referring to Nick?
I think so, except the layout of the site is different now. I know I felt pretty well informed about what to expect
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Originally Posted by blabomckenzie View Post Show me the web site online where you have information about the TR? They dont even have that information on their official Govt. Custom web site. I did have an agent , but as I said, they all are there to grab a bigger piece of the pie.

Tell me how big will an antique like "Opera Glasses/Binoculars" will be? I had plenty of small items which I usually collect on ebay, so they were all packed in groups in a box for my convenience. I am the victim here, so its easy for you to blab what ever NON-SENSE !!!

Show me the link !!! You are one of those agents aren't you !!!
You seem rather uninformed. On top you display a degree of prejudice without substantiation. To blame and accuse others reflects rather poorly. You joined this site, have made two posts; both rants; and expect what ?
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You are one of those agents aren't you !!!
No, I'm not, but why not send me cheque anyway!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post No, I'm not, but why not send me cheque anyway!
No No ! you take his Opera glasses (great value !! or put it up on ebay ) I'll cash the check. !

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