Moving to India

Moving to India - Trustworthy and Professional Services by Globe Moving 

Whether you are moving to India for the first time or are a returning Indian, Globe Moving can provide comprehensive shipping to India services. With our global network of operations in over 180 countries, we can provide door-to-door moving services from every corner of the globe. We understand that moving to India for the first time can be a daunting task, and shipping your belongings to India can add to the anxiety. We know that you may be concerned about the import customs clearance process or the import customs duties in India. That is why we offer comprehensive shipping to India services, ensuring you have nothing to worry about. Our team of experts takes care of all the necessary export and import documentation and customs clearance processes. We handhold and guide you through the entire process making the whole shipping to India experience hassle-free for you.

Our shipping to India services Include: 
  • Pre-Move Survey:
    Our team of expert international moving partners will conduct a pre-move survey to assess the volume and weight of items to be moved. Together with our partners, we understand your individual needs and concerns to prepare a personalized service shipping to India offering. 

  • Virtual survey for international moving: 
    For smaller volume or weight shipments, we also offer virtual survey services allowing customers to receive accurate quotes for their international moves without the need for an in-person visit. Through video chat and other digital platforms, we assess the items to be moved and provide a detailed estimate, making the process more convenient and efficient for our customers. 

  • Moving Tips for Shipping to India:
    At Globe Moving, we believe in going the extra mile to ensure that our customers have a smooth and stress-free shipping experience. That's why we provide useful moving tips to our customers to help them prepare and plan for their move to India, making the process as easy and efficient as possible. 

  • Carton delivery in advance:
    If required we deliver cartons in advance to our customers. This is a convenient way for you to sort and segregate your items before the movers arrive. Our sturdy and durable cartons are available in various sizes and quantities to suit your needs, and we'll deliver them right to your doorstep.  

  • Dedicated Move Coordinator for Shipping to India:
    Our dedicated move coordinator will work closely with you to oversee every aspect of your move to India. They will be a single point of contact throughout the entire process, from documentation to customs clearance and to the final delivery, ensuring that all your needs are met and any issues are promptly addressed. With a dedicated move coordinator on your side, you can rest assured that your move to India will be handled smoothly and efficiently from start to finish.

  • Professional packing for shipping to India: 
    At Globe Moving, we take pride in our professional international packing and shipping services. Our highly trained and trusted partners use only the best export-quality packing materials and time-tested techniques. We ensure your belongings are packed securely and safely even in the toughest conditions of your international move. With our years of experience, we understand the importance of protecting your valuables during the international moving process, and our commitment to using top-notch packing materials and techniques reflects this understanding. 
  • Wooden crating for fragile articles:
    We offer wooden crating services for delicate items for fragile and delicate items like marble tops, glass tops, paintings etc. We also prepare Air/ Seaworthy plywood boxes & liftvans for extra protection to ensure their safety during the international move. 
  • Expert Supervision :
    Our team with an English-speaking supervisor will supervise the entire moving process, prepare a detailed inventory noting the make and serial numbers of electronic items, and coordinate the move to ensure that everything goes smoothly. 
  • Marking and Labelling for Shipping to India:
    We take great care to ensure that the right items are packed and moved to the right place. Our team understands how important it is to know where your belongings are during a move, which is why we use a time-tested marking and labelling system to keep track of everything. This attention to detail means that you'll be able to easily find the items you need when you arrive at your new home, reducing the stress and hassle of unpacking. To make the import customs clearance process quick and easy, we ensure the dutiable goods are loaded near the door of the container. 
  • Arranging insurance for Shipping to India: 
    We arrange International US Dollar insurance from reputed international insurance companies to ensure that your belongings are covered in case of any unforeseen circumstances. You may also be pleased to know that Globe Moving has one of the lowest insurance claims ratios in the industry. This is a testament to the high quality of our international packing and moving services and should provide you with peace of mind knowing that your belongings are in safe hands. 
  • Customs Clearance:
    We take care of all the export and import documentation and customs formalities involved in shipping to India. We also guide our customers on the do’s and don’ts when moving their goods to India.  
  • International Shipping by Air and Sea:
    We offer international shipping by air for high-priority or small consignments and by ship through shipping containers for larger consignments. We carefully select the air or sea shipping carrier to ensure the shortest and safest transit. 
  • Tracking and Transit Details:
    We track your consignment and provide transit details to the destination moving partners to ensure that your items reach their destination safely and on time. 
  • Unpacking and Set-Up:
    Our team will deliver, unpack, and set up your home at the destination. We also offer debris removal to ensure that your new home is clean.  
  • Handyman services: 
    We offer handyman services like carpenter, plumber, electrician and home cleaning or maid services to help you settle into your new home. 
  • Short and long-term Storage Services: 

We also provide safe and secure storage facilities if you need temporary storage for your goods in transit. We also offer pocket-friendly long-term storage options in case you want to store your goods for a longer period.  

  • Relocation services in India:
    We provide a range of international relocation services to enable you to settle down faster in India. These include temporary housing, home search, school search, city orientation, and destination services. These services will help you settle down faster in your new city.  

Don't hesitate to contact us for more information about our services or to get a quote today. Globe Moving team is always ready to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Let us help you simplify your shipping to India experience. 


To import goods through Indian custom we require Importers Original Passport, Original bill of lading, Inventory of articles ( Please mention Value, Make, Model, Serial number & Year of purchase for electronic & high value goods) Other forms like Transfer of Residence Forms, Unaccompanied baggage forms, Declaration, Authorisation letter etc. will be provided by us – for your signatures.

Generally the Indian ports are safe provided adequate care is taken. However in some Indian ports, there have been stray incidents of mix up with other consignments. We suggest the use of plywood lift vans or crates for high value & small loose items.

It is always safer to ship goods in plywood liftvans. However, due to the high costs it may not always be possible to do so. So we suggest the use of plywood liftvans or crates for high value items.

Yes, generally all import consignments are physically inspected 100% as per Indian customs regulations. However, we find that in some cases if there is a proper packing list and if the goods randomly checked, tally with the packing list the customs officially do not check all goods but only open about 20 or 30%.

No, all goods can be custom cleared only after arrival of owner of the goods into India.

You can do this, but be aware of the potential problems. For instance, insurance companies will not pay out on goods packed by their owner. Also, Customs officials will almost certainly target goods that you have packed like locked suitcases. If you really must pack some of your goods, leave the cartons unsealed so that the Globe Moving & Storage Co Pvt Ltd packing crew can inspect the contents, seal the cartons and make a note in the inventory.

Owner’s personal presence is generally a must and is advisable. This is required to answer any queries of the customs officers. However, In cases, if owner cannot be present due to exceptional circumstances, a power of attorney can be executed in favour of a friend, relative or us, provided completed customs forms should be duly signed and attested.

Activity FCL Shipments LCL Shipments
Unloading from vessel & Placement of container or de-stuffed goods in Customs bonded warehouse Day 1, 2 & 3 Day 1 to 8
Customs Inspection and assessment of duty Day 4 Day 9
Payment of duty and release of goods Day 5 Day 10
Delivery in same city as POE & unpacking of goods Day 6 & 7 Day 11 & 12
Delivery in different city as POE Add 2 to 3 days Add 2 to 3 days

In cases where there are no Sea ports? Consignments can be booked upto Inland Container Depots (ICD) – Such facilities re available in Major Cities like Delhi, Bangalore & Hyderabad. However, there are certain restrictions for Less Than Container Load (LCL) consignments. In such cases goods have to be moved from the port of entry to ICD under customs bond – which involves providing a bank guarantee & filing a personal bonds etc with customs. However a word of caution – Customs bond can be very expensive & time consuming – so it is always advisable to clear goods at the port of entry.

FAQs about Import Duties & Transfer of residence

Household goods can be imported in to India under Transfer of Residence or As Unaccompanied baggage.

Under transfer or residence goods can be imported at an concessional duty of 16.5% whereas under unaccompanied baggage the duty is 38.5%. However, additional conditions apply.

Indians, foreigner, including those of Indian origin, transferring their residence to India or coming to India on employment, can import their personal effects & household goods into India under Transfer of Residence rules. However, some of the other conditions which apply are that the owner of the goods must have stayed abroad for a minimum period of 2 years, further the owner must not have visited India for more than six months in the preceding two years. The law also states that the 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. Foreign nationals must have a resident / business / work / entry visa to avail transfer of residence.

No, Personal effects and house-hold goods like furniture, clothes, books, kitchenware, small appliances like mixer, juicer, iron etc. are allowed to be imported duty free if these goods are old and have been used by you.

No, as per the latest update to the Indian Baggage regulations as on 8 Jan 2004, under transfer of residence, besides used furniture and personal effects, 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 16.5%

  • Colour Television or Monochrome Television.
  • Digital Video Disc Player.
  • Video Home Theatre System.
  • Dish Washer.
  • Music System.
  • Air-Conditioner.
  • 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.
  • Vessel.
  • Aircraft.
  • Cinematographic films of 35 mm and above.
  • Gold or Silver, in any form, other than ornaments.

No, under transfer of residence rules, duty is not levied on used personal effects and household goods which are more than 6 months old.

Customs duty @ 38.5          % has to be paid on the excess value of the goods

Transfer of residence concession is provided to a family as a whole. Individual members of a family cannot claim additional concessions.

No. The duty free allowance of Rs. 50,000/- is available for consumption only at the arrival. It cannot be combined for any unaccompanied baggage shipments coming by air or Sea freight.

No, under the new baggage rules there is no such compulsions.

An Indian passenger who was engaged in profession abroad can import professional equipment free of duty upto the value of
1) Rs. 10,000/= if he or she is returning after three months of stay abroad
2) Rs. 20,000/= if he or she is returning after six months of stay abroad
Professional Equipment means such portable equipment, instruments, apparatus and appliances as are required in his profession by a carpenter, a plumber, a welder, a mason and the like and shall not include items of common use such as cameras, cassette recorders, dicta-phones, personal computers, typewriters and other similar articles.

FAQ About Import of Gold, Silver & Jewellery

Yes, if you are an Indian Passport holder or if you are a person of Indian origin (including minors) you can import upto 1 Kg of gold in any form at a time. However, please note that you must be coming to India after minimum of 6 months of stay abroad. Duty is payable on all import of gold. Please check with us for more details.

Yes, if you are an Indian Passport holder or if you are a person of Indian origin (including minors), you can import upto 10 Kgs of silver in any form at a time. However, please note that you must be coming to India after minimum of 6 months of stay abroad. Duty is payable on all import of silver. Please check with us for more details.

Yes, anybody who has been staying abroad for over one year and is returning to India are allowed to import jewellery free of duty up to a value of – Rs. 10,000 in case of a male passenger and Rs. 20,000 in case of a female passenger. Import of jewelry in excess of the these value will be dutiable

FAQ About Import of Food Stuff

Yes, if you are a Foreign national – you can import foodstuff in the main household goods shipment duty free up to a limit of Rs. 50,000/= (USD 625/=). Besides Foreign nationals who are resident in India can import foodstuff worth Rs. 1,00,000 Per Annum (USD 1250). However, please note that Wine, spirits, beverages, etc. are not allowed duty free under this facility. It is also important that payment for the foodstuff must be made out of funds of the foreign national available outside India.

FAQ About Import of Wine, Alcohol & spirits

Yes, you can import wine, Alcohol & spirits, however, please note that the import duties on such items are very high – Approximately – 160%. We would also like you to note that it is not advisable to import liquor into India as most international brands of liquor are available in India at reasonable prices. However, If you must ship Wine or Liquor, please pack them separately and clearly mark them so it is easily identifiable. If you do not disclose them – it could lead to unnecessary problems with customs if found during physical examination.

Well like in most countries – Porno-graphic material, obscene literature, narcotics, wildlife items like ivory, horns etc and firearms, ammunition and other weapons should not be bought into India. Should you need further information please contact us prior to shipping.

Well like in most countries – Porno-graphic material, obscene literature, narcotics, wildlife items like ivory, horns etc and firearms, ammunition and other weapons should not be bought into India. Should you need further information please contact us prior to shipping.

FAQs about Pet Transport to India

Yes, a person who has stayed outside India for a period of 2 years or more and who is transferring residence to India, can import a dog/cat (max. 2 numbers) into India. However, Veterinary certificates & other health documents are a must. Please contact us for further information prior to shipping.


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 the information given above. Globe Moving & Storage Company encourages you to verify any critical information with the relevant authorities before you book the consignment.

Ready to make your local move stress-free and efficient? Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive local moving services. With our team of experts on your side, you can relax knowing that your move is in good hands. Don’t wait – contact us now to get started!

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