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Customs - CBEC s Customs Manual 2015 - 26 - Chapter 26 1. Introduction: 1.1 Customs is mandated to ensure passengers entering or leaving India carry on person/handbag or accompanied baggage, goods in accordance with the permissible quantity/value and legal provisions and do not attempt to smuggle prohibited or banned or sensitive goods. Also, all passengers including businessmen, trade delegations, professionals expect speedy Customs clearance. Thus, Customs officials at the airports have a chal .....

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gulations. In this direction Customs prominently display the relevant provisions/baggage allowances and list of prohibited/restricted items (endangered species or articles made from flora and fauna such as ivory, musk, reptile skins, furs, shahtoosh, antiques, satellite phones, etc.) at all international airports, with the dos and don'ts for benefit of passengers. A booklet on Customs Guide to Travelers is also brought out periodically and circulated at airports as well as to our Embassies/C .....

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exercises the option of seeking clearance through the Green Channel or through the Red Channel. 2.2 The Green Channel or Walk Through Channel applies to passengers who have nothing to declare and are carrying dutiable goods within the prescribed free allowance. On the basis of their Oral Declaration/Declaration on Customs Baggage Declaration Form such passengers cross the Green Channel without any question being asked by Customs and exit the airport after handing over the Customs Baggage Declar .....

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fy the frequent short visit passengers the Customs Officer also scrutinizes the passport/other travel documents of the passengers. The declaration of goods and their values is generally accepted and duty assessed. On payment of this duty the passenger is allowed clearance. 2.4 Any passenger found walking through the Green Channel with dutiable/prohibited goods or found mis declaring the quantity, description or value of dutiable goods at the Red Channel (the baggage is examined where misdeclarat .....

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allowed to be imported as baggage. In case of frequent short visit passengers and repeat offenders, the Customs officers would impose higher levels of fines and penalties and for deterrent effect even consider prosecution in a Court of law. 3. Duty free allowances and entitlements for Indian Residents and Foreigners Residing in India: 3.1 The duty free entitlement of passengers includes used personal effects (excluding jewellery) required for satisfying the daily necessities of life. In addition .....

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te, the free allowance is ₹ 6,000/-. 3.2 In addition, to the above such passengers are allowed the following quantities of tobacco products and alcohols within the aforesaid duty free allowances: (i) 100 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 125 gms tobacco. (ii) Alcoholic liquor and wines upto 2 litre each. 3.3 The items that are not allowed free of duty include firearms, cartridges of firearms, cigarettes/ cigars/ tobacco or alcoholic liquor and wines that is in excess of what is allowed within the .....

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eligible for additional free allowance of ₹ 12,000/- for used household articles such as utensils, linen, kitchen appliances, iron etc. and ₹ 20,000/- for professional equipment. The allowance is proportionately higher if passenger is returning after 6 months stay or 1- year stay abroad. 3.6 Duty free baggage allowances and entitlements for Indian Residents and Foreigners Residing in India has been disallowed in respect of Flat Panel (LCD/LED/Plasma) Televsion. [Refer Notification No .....

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eriod of not less than 6 months of stay abroad is allowed to import specified quantities of gold and silver as baggage on payment of duty, which has to be paid in foreign currency. Such passenger can also obtain the permitted quantity of gold and silver from authorized Banks - SBI, Bank of Nova Scotia etc. The specified quantities and rate of duty are as follows: Item Permitted Quantity Description of goods Rate of duty Gold Upto 1 kg. Gold, in any form in respect of which the benefit of Notific .....

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easons, study, religious pilgrimage, or business. The duty free allowances and entitlements for tourists are as follows: Category of Tourist Duty Free Allowance Tourists of Indian origin coming to India (other than those coming from Pakistan by land route) Same as for Indian passengers or foreigners residing in India Foreign tourists Rs.8,000/- Tourist of Pakistani origin Rs.6,000/- Tourist of Nepalese and Bhutanese origin ₹ 8,000/- [Refer Notification No.77/2011-Cus. (NT), dated 14-11-201 .....

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broad can be relaxed upto 2 months by the Assistant/Deputy Commissioner and shortfall in period of stay abroad exceeding 6 months by the Commissioner of Customs in deserving and exceptional cases. 6.2 The person transferring his residence to India after 2 years stay abroad as mentioned above is eligible to clear free of duty, articles such as used personal and household articles of a value of upto Rs. five lakhs. However, goods such as firearms, cartridges of firearms, cigarettes/ cigars/ tobacc .....

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oking range with not more than 2 burners and without any extra attachment), refrigerator, deep freezer, video camera or a combination of video camera and TV receiver; sound recording or reproducing apparatus; video reproducing apparatus, word processing machine, fax machine, vessels, aircraft, cinematographic films of 35 mm and above, gold or silver, in any form, other than ornaments. 6.3 TR concession is available provided the passenger has not availed this facility in the preceding 3 years. In .....

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he goods by the deceased person. 8. Import of unaccompanied baggage: 8.1 The unaccompanied baggage is required to have been in the possession abroad of the passenger and dispatched within 1 month of his/her arrival in India or within such further period as the Assistant Commissioner of Customs may allow. The unaccompanied baggage may arrive in India upto 2 months before the passenger or within such period, not exceeding 1 year, as may be permitted by the Assistant Commissioner of Customs if he i .....

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Currency Declaration Form in the following cases: (a) Where the value of foreign currency notes exceeds US$ 5000/- or equivalent; and (b) Where the aggregate value of foreign exchange (in the form of currency notes, bank notes, traveler cheques etc.) exceeds US$10,000/- or its equivalent. 10. Import of Indian currency: 10.1 The import of Indian currency is prohibited, however, passengers normally resident in India who are returning from a visit abroad may import Indian currency not exceeding &# .....

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Import of firearms is strictly prohibited. Import of cartridges in excess of 50 is also prohibited. However, in the case of persons transferring their residence (as per conditions specified in the rules) to India for a minimum period of 1 year, one firearm of permissible bore can be allowed to be imported subject to the conditions that: (i) The firearm was in possession and use abroad by the passenger for a minimum period of 1 year and also subject to the condition that such firearm, after clear .....

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years of import. The disposal will be to persons legally entitled to possess the firearm. The condition that no disposal can take place till ten years of import may be endorsed on the arms licence of the passenger at the time of granting the facility under transfer of residence. [Refer Circular No.4/2013-Cus, dated 15-1-2013] 12. Import of pet animals as baggage: 12.1 Import of domestic pets like dogs, cats, birds etc. (two numbers) is allowed as baggage only by persons transferring their reside .....

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at this end. 13. Detained baggage: [Refer Circular No.15/2013-Cus, dated 8-4-2013, Circular No. 25/2013-Cus dated 01.07.2013] 13.1 There may be occasions when the passenger is not in a position to clear his baggage for any reason e.g. inability to pay the Customs duty demanded. In such a situation, the passenger may request the Customs to detain his baggage either for re-export at the time of his departure from India or for clearance subsequently on payment of duty. The detained baggage would b .....

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allowance when his baggage is delivered by the airlines. 15. Clearance of departing passengers: 15.1 On the departure side, the principal task of Customs is enforcement related. These include checks to prevent narcotic drug trafficking, smuggling of other sensitive items such as Indian including foreign currency, wild life products, antiques etc. Customs also plays an important role in facilitating the re-import of the high valued articles including jewelry, being carried out of the country by i .....

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take with them foreign currency without any limit so long as the same has been purchased from an authorized foreign exchange dealer 17.3 Tourists while leaving India are allowed to take with them foreign currency not exceeding the amount brought in by them at the time of their arrival in India. 17.4 A person resident outside India, not being a citizen of Pakistan and Bangladesh and also not a traveller coming from and going to Pakistan and Bangladesh, and visiting India may take outside India cu .....

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