Bonafide Sample / Bonafide Commercial Traveler
The purpose of these beneficial notifications is to allow duty free import of genuine Commercial samples into the country. It is not to be used as a means to avoid paying Customs Duty through repeated imports in smaller lost. The bonafide commercial travelers of India or abroad are advised to travel with authorization from their companies and carry normal trade literature as evidence of the genuineness of their baggage. The said goods, should also be clearly marked as samples. Normally, their passport shows the nature of their repeated travel. The invoices of samples sent from abroad should indicate that these goods are samples. The goods may bear inscription, markings or tags showing them as samples.
Goods That Can be Imported as Samples
All types of goods including Industrial and Agricultural machinery, consumer goods and Consumer durables, white goods are eligible to be imported as samples. However, goods which are prohibited under Foreign Trade (Development and Regulations) Act, 1992 are not allowed to be imported even as samples. Such as, wild animals, wild birds and parts of wild animals and birds, ivory, arms like revolvers and pistols and hand guns and ammunitions and narcotic drugs.