Whether the value of Rs. 5,000/- for the gift or the commercial samples means the value of the goods in India or the country of sender?
The value of Rs. 5,000/- is the export value of the goods excluding locally refundable taxes like VAT in the country from where the goods have been dispatched. In case of gifts and samples up to Rs. 5000/- it does not include freight or courier charges and insurance. However, in case of goods valued above Rs. 5000/- it freight and insurance would be added to calculate the duty payable. The sender may not necessarily be residing in the country from where the goods have been dispatched. A sender in U.K. can send goods from South Korea to India. The value in South Korea would be taken into consideration.
What types of goods cannot be sent as gift or commercial samples through courier?
All types of goods which are banned for import under the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992 are banned for import into India even as gifts or as commercial samples. The example of such goods are wild animals, wild birds or parts of wild animals and birds, narcotic drugs like opium, marijuana, ivory, arms like revolvers or pistols or other hand guns and ammunitions
Can a person send jewellery to any manufacturer in India as sample?
Gold jewellery or studded jewellery including samples thereof is not allowed to be imported by or sent to ordinary persons in India through courier route. However, the units in export processing zones or Export Oriented Units are allowed to import gems and jewellery , including samples thereof, through an authorized courier. However, the jewellery and its samples can be exported by all units through the courier.
Why there is a prohibition for import of chemicals and perishable goods even of low value?
It is not convenient to handle perishable goods through normal courier mode. The system of import or export of goods through courier is designed for very fast movement through the Customs. The chemicals imported may require testing of the same to ascertain its identity which would need some time and would also delay the processing other consignments through courier. Therefore, the import of chemicals have been prohibited through courier route.
Chemicals can be sent through the same courier company who would submit it separately at the Air Cargo Complex for clearance. The Air Cargo Complex is invariably situated beside the Courier Terminal. However, the clearance is likely to take more time.
Is there any limit of weight and size of the package that can be sent through the courier?
Packages up to 70 Kgs. of weight can be imported to India through courier mode. However, there is no such weight limit for export of goods through courier from India .
Why there is a restriction on goods to be exported with claim for Draw Back or any duty entitlement pass-book scheme of Export Promotion Capital Goods Scheme?
Under these schemes additional paper work is involved and, therefore, it delays clearance of this packet and in addition clearance of other packages is also delayed. However, these consignments can be cleared through the air-cargo complex by the same courier company. Invariably the air cargo complex and the courier terminal are situated side by side and, therefore, there is no inconvenience to the exporters.