Indian Customs Regulations for Transfer of Residence to India and Unaccompanied Baggage to India

Eligibility Requirements for Availing Transfer Of Residence

Indian nationals, foreign nationals including those of Indian origin, transferring their residence to India or coming to India on employment, can import their personal effects and household goods into India under Transfer of Residence rules subject to the following conditions.

Owner of the goods must have lived / stayed abroad for a minimum period of 2 years and must be transferring his / her residence to India. Indian nationals must not have visited India for more than six months in the preceding two years.
Foreign nationals must have a resident / business / work / entry visa.
Goods must be shipped out within 30 days of arrival of the owner into India. If there is a delay then goods can be cleared only if the delay is condoned by the customs authorities. Every case is decided on its merits.
Owner or his or her family members should not have availed Transfer of Residence Concessions in the preceding 3 years.

Customs Duty Applicable On Transfer of Residence:

Personal effects and house-hold goods:
furniture, small appliances like mixer, juicer, iron etc. are allowed to be imported duty free if these goods are old and are used by the shipper.

Other goods:

As per the latest update to the Indian Baggage regulations as on 8 Jan 2004, under transfer of residence, following items can be brought in to India duty free
Video Cassette Recorder or Video Cassette Player or Video Television Receiver or Video Cassette Disk Player
Washing Machine
Electrical or Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cooking Range
Personal Computer (Desk Top Computer)
Laptop Computer (Notebook Computer)
Domestic refrigerators of capacity up to 300 litres or equivalent

Under Transfer of residence duty for the following items the import duty has been reduced to 15%

Color Television or Monochrome Television
Digital Video Disc Player
Video Home Theatre System
Dish Washer
Music System
Domestic refrigerators of capacity above 300 litres or its equivalent
Deep Freezer
Microwave Oven
Video camera or the combination of any such video camera with one or more of the following goods, namely:-
Television Receiver
Sound recording or reproducing apparatus
Video reproducing apparatus
Word Processing Machine
Fax Machine
Portable Photocopying Machine
Cinematographic films of 35 mm and above
Gold or Silver, in any form, other than ornaments

Concessional customs duty rate of 15% of the value is allowed only on the first unit. If the owner has two or more similar units, or the combined value of the appliances & personal & household effects exceeds Rs. 5,00,000/= (USD 10,000) customs duty @ 40 % will be charged on the additional units or the additional value. All other new items are charged at 40% duty. Indian nationals coming to India on a short visit, can import any personal effects or household goods to India on payment of customs duty @ 40% of the value.


To ensure smooth clearance at customs, we suggest that all major electronic appliances be loaded in one liftvan or in the beginning of the container and their make, model no, serial number and quantity be provided to us along with the inventory

Other Information Foodstuff imports
Foreign nationals can import foodstuff in their main household goods shipment duty free up to a limit of Rs. 50,000/= (USD 1000/=)
Foreign nationals who are resident in India can import foodstuff worth Rs. 1,00,000 Per Annum (USD 2000). Wines, spirits, beverages, etc. are not allowed duty free under this facility. ( Payment for the foodstuff must be made out of funds of the foreign national available outside India.)

Import of Alcohol, Spirits etc.

Import duties on alcohol, wines, spirits, etc. are very high in India (approx. 244 %). It is not advisable to import liquor into India as most international brands of Liquor are available in India at reasonable prices. If you must ship Wine or Liquor, please pack them separately and clearly mark them so it is easily identifiable, else it could lead to unnecessary problems with customs if found during physical examination.

Import of Pets

One cat, dog or parrot may be imported into India. Veterinary certificates and other health documents are required. Please contact us for more information prior to shipping.

Restricted / prohibited goods

Porno-graphic material, obscene literature, narcotics, wildlife items like ivory, horns etc and firearms, ammunition and other weapons. Should you need further information please contact us prior to shipping.


All services are provided in accordance with our Business Terms & Conditions. A copy of this is available on request.


Although Globe Moving & Storage Company has tried to make the above information as accurate as possible, Globe Moving & Storage Company accepts no responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience sustained by any person resulting from information given above. Globe Moving & Storage Company encourages you to verify any critical information with the relevant authorities before you book the consignment.