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Shipping to India

India is fast becoming a nation well known for international trade. You can find many Indian products in stores ranging from clothing stores to grocery stores. There is a demand, as Indian products are known for beauty or great tastes in food. There is also a demand for products in India. Shipping to India isn't as difficult as it might sound. Shipping boxes to India or to any other nation is a task that many companies are afraid to do. There is no need to be afraid. International shipping has become much easier than it was in the past, and shipping to India is not difficult. India is a member of many different trade organizations. Follow these steps to have an easier time shipping to India.

1. Clearance

You must get an Importer-Exporter Code (IEC) and a Business Identification Number (BIN). You can get these numbers from the Regional Licensing Authority. Without these codes, you cannot ship anything to India. Even shipping household items to India would be impossible. There are a few exceptions to this rule, so check with your moving company and online to find more information.

2. Forms

Make sure that you fill out all required forms. International shipping companies can help you with this and you can also find the information you need online. When you fill out the forms (Invoices, Bills of Entry, etc) make sure that you include the value of the shipment. If you don't, Indian customs will decide for themselves what your shipment is worth and you will have to pay that fee. If you disagree, you have 30 days to either get customs officials to change their minds or pay the fee before your shipment will be abandoned.

3. Gifts

Gifts that you may be shipping to India are exempt from most duties and taxes as long as the value is 200 U.S. dollars or less.

4. Know your Products

Shipping to India can be tricky if you don't follow the rules and know your own products. There are some things that you cannot ship to India no matter what. These items range from guns to personal effects. Use a reputable shipping company and keep track of what is going on in the trade agreements with India in order to keep your shipping costs low and avoid returned shipments of prohibited items.

5. Know your Moving Company

Make sure that you choose a shipping company that is upfront, reliable, and who understand international trading. There is no use for a company that cannot deliver on time to other nations. Services the shipping companies offer can vary widely; some offer customs broker services where they help your products get through customs while some only make sure your packages get there. Do some research to find the best company for you.