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Country Information-India (EXPORT)
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The following are guidelines to assist you in completing customs formalities for your international shipments. The data is correct to the best of our knowledge. However, will not be responsible for any omissions or changes in procedures at the time of shipment.

The Customs procedures given below pertain to :

1.Courier-On-Board Exports
2.Freight Mode Exports

Courier-On-BoardExports (COB)
The courier-on-board export mode permits carriage of :

 Documents

 Free Gifts - up to a value of Indian Rupees 25,000/=

 Samples - up to a value of Indian Rupees 50,000/= (where no Foreign Exchange Remittance is involved)

 Commercial Shipments (where Foreign Exchange Remittance is involved) where the Shipper has obtained a GR1 Form Waiver from the Reserve Bank of India.

All shipments are forwarded under courier Shipping Bill for Exports, and are subject to examination and appraisal by the relevant customs authorities. Customs are liable to detain shipments where the values are in question, and could permit export only upon receiving proof of values OR, in the event the Shipper is unable to substantiate proof of value, release the shipment back to the Shipper after levy of a fine/penalty for value Mis-Declaration.

The Bureau Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and Airline Security restrictions apply for COB Export shipments where Electronics, Bulk Drugs and Chemicals are restricted for carriage. Further, packages above 32 Kgs are also restricted for carriage due to requirements at the destination 

Carriage of shipments on the Courier-on-Board Export Mode are subject to customs paperwork requirements specified by the destination.

Freight Mode Exports

 Introduction
 Shipper's Letter of Instruction
 One-Time Registration with Customs EDI Systems
 Bank Letter Registration
 SDF Form
 Export Invoice
 Shipping Bill For Exports
 Repair and Return Items
 Gifts & Samples by the Freight Mode
 Export of Pharmaceuticals
 Chemicals
 Additional Documentation for Garments/ Fabrics destined to USA
 Packaging

Introduction

Carriage on the Freight-Mode may be accepted for shipments which cannot be forwarded by the COB export mode viz
 Gifts having a value in excess of Indian Rupees: 25,000/-.
 Samples having a value in excess of Indian Rupees: 50,000/=.
 All shipments which are of a commercial nature and where foreign exchange remittance is involved.
 Items being sent out of the country for Repair and Return
 Liquids (NON DGR ONLY)
 Shipments weighing above 32 kgs
 Electronics
 shipments accompanied by documentation which need to be acknowledged by customs as Proof of Exports
 Any item falling under the classification of  Dangerous Goods are not accepted for carriage on the International network.

Carriage of shipments on the Freight Mode is subject to customs paperwork requirements specified by both Origin and Destination. The paperwork is to be provided by the Shipper.

Our Gateway for Customs Clearance for all Freight Mode Exports depends upon the shortest LineHaul.

Shipper's Letter of Instruction

The shipper is required to fill out the Shipper's Letter of Instruction on his Company Letterhead, his list of instructions to us, e.g. Documents handed over, type of Shipping Bill, Documents to be forwarded to destination etc. Shipments received at Mumbai without the Shipper's Letter of Instruction will face delays.

One Time Registration with Customs EDI Systems

Mandatory Requirement


It is a mandatory One Time requirement that Shippers, wishing to have their shipments customs cleared through Mumbai Customs, should:

1. The Shipper needs to give this Appendix II form giving details about his Bank Account Number alongwith the Bank's Authorised Dearler Code. Shipper has to obtain this on the Bank's letterhead along wiith the Bank's stamp and signature.

2. The IEC (Importer Exporter Code) Certificate is issued by the DGFT (Director General Foreign Trade) to all Exporters and Importers - First time Shippers need to provide a photocopy of the IEC Certificate with the updated PAN Number, to customs.

SDF Form (Appendix I)

The SDF Form (which has replaced the GR1 Form) in duplicate, duly filled out, signed and stamped, must be submitted by Shippers, for all shipments where Foreign Exchange Remittance is involved.

Incase of manual Shipping Bill the GR1 Form is required.

Export Invoice

The Shipper's Export Invoice is an essential and very important document, and is the basis for Customs Clearance, both at the origin as well as at the destination.

The Export Invoice must :

 Be Submitted with 6 copies
 State the Freight and Insurance Amounts separately, if value is declared on the Export Invoice and if the shipment is forwarded on a CIF (Cost Insurance Freight) basis.
 State the Freight amount separately, if value is declared on the Export Invoice and if the shipment is forwarded on a C&F (Cost and Freight) basis.

State the IEC (Importer Exporter Code).

 Mention the AD (Authorised Dealer) Code Number of the Shipper's bank. This is the Authorised Dealer code number allocated to the bank to which the foreign exchange remittance would be forwarded by the Consignee. The AD Code number is a 14 digit number (e.g. 1234567-1234567). An incorrect code declaration would result in delays in customs clearance, as the document would be rejected by the Customs EDI Systems.

 Mention the Bank Account Number, which is the Shipper's Account Number with his bank, to which the Foreign Exchange Remittance would be forwarded by the Consignee.
 Marks and Numbers, as stated on the packages of the shipment, for easy identification.
 Specify nature and period of payment.

All Export Invoices must be printed and must be signed and stamped by the Shipper. Hand-written Export Invoices are not acceptable by customs. Click for an Export Invoice Format

Shipping Bill for Exports

The Shipping Bill for Exports is an essential document for Customs. The various types of Shipping Bills are:

 Free Shipping Bill
 Drawback Shipping Bill
 DEPB Shipping Bill
 DEEC Shipping Bill
 Bond Shipping Bill
 Dutiable Shipping Bill

All the above except the Dutiable Shipping Bill are computerised Shipping Bills for Exports. For 'Repair-and-Return' shipments, and for shipments sent by individuals, a manual Shipping Bill is permitted.

For all types of Shipping Bill, the Shipper must submit with every shipment :

1. Shipper's Letter of Instructions
2. Copy of the IEC Certificate with updated PAN Number

Free Shipping Bill

A Free Shipping Bill is filed for shipments where the Shipper does not claim any export benefits. For filing of a Free Shipping Bill, only the following documents are required:

 SDF Form (Appendix I)

Drawback Shipping Bill

A Drawback Shipping Bill is filed for shipments where the Shipper claims Drawback as an export benefit.

To be able to file a Drawback Shipping Bill at Mumbai Customs EDI Systems, the Shipper must have a valid account with the State Bank of India, Air Cargo Complex, Mumbai Airport.

For first time Shippers wishing to open an account with the bank, we could provide assistance. The minimum deposit amount is Rs: 10,000/=.

This Bank Account Number is required so as to permit the authorities to deposit the Drawback amount due to the Shipper, in the account.

Customs EDI Systems at Mumbai Air Cargo Complex would reject any application of filing of Drawback Shipping Bill where the Shipper does not have an account with the State Bank of India.

Shippers wishing to clear shipments through customs would have to submit to us the following, duly filled out, signed and stamped with the company seal.

 Annexure B Form
 Appendix III Form (with coloumn 10: PMV value to be filled by Shipper)
 Appendix 1V Form (applicable only for certain items)
 Modvat Copy (issued by Central Excise to Shipper  certifying that Shipper is not claiming any benefits under Central Excise)
 ANN I or ANNX II (for garments)

DEPB Shipping Bill (Duty Entitlement Passbook Scheme)

If the Shipper is exporting an item for which the rate under DEPB is fixed for the serial number of the item being exported, the following are required:

Annexure D Form, dully filled out, signed by the shipper and stamped with the company seal. 
Note: It is important that Column 11 be filled in correctly by the Shipper.

Purchase Bill or AR4 Form (for value verification).

If the product is listed in the DEPB book but the rate is not fixed, then clearance may be permitted under Provisional basis. The clien cannot claim DEPB if not listed in the DPEB book. Provisional to finalisation of the post cleared shipping bill needs to be handled by shipper on his own. 

DEEC Shipping Bill (Duty Exemption Entitlement Certificate)
For a one time DEEC Registration, the following are required:

 Annexure For DEEC Declaration
 Advance Licence - original.
 DEEC Book or copy of complete application along with the Joint Director Foreign Trade (JDFT) acknowledgement of receipt of registration.
 DEEC declaration stating it is an exempted material (if not already stated on the Invoice).
 Appendix III, if claiming Drawback with DEEC (A State Bank of India account at the Air Cargo Complex branch, Mumbai, is essential.

Once the DEEC Registration is complete, the following is required from the Shipper:

 DEEC Declaration Appendix II.

Declaration stating it is an exempted item (if not already stated on the Invoice)

Indian Customs at Mumbai Airport require a Chartered Engineer's Certificate for all shipments containing "Engineering Products" forwarded under DEEC Shipping Bills.

Bond Shipping Bill

Shippers who have the status of 100% EOU (Export Oriented Unit) must export their shipments under the Bond Shipping Bill.

The following are required for export under a Bond Shipping Bill:

 Annexure C1 Form, duly filled out, signed and stamped with the seal of the Examination Officer of the Excise Department, and countersigned by the Superintendent of the Excise Department.

Dutiable Shipping Bill

Duty for Exports is levied on the Shipper for export of items like Coffee, Mica, Raw Cotton, Raw Wool, Tea, Tobacco, etc.

Such items can only be cleared through customs against a Dutiable Shipping Bill, which is the only form of Shipping Bill that is handled manually by customs. Export Duty must be paid by the shipper.

Repair and Return Items

If a Shipper has imported an item, of which part or the whole is found to be defective, and the Shipper wishes to return it to the supplier for repairs, the following documentation is required for customs clearance: 

 Original Import Bill of Entry.
 Original customs-attested Import Invoice which should clearly state the serial/part number of the item imported.
 Certificate for Repair and Return from any Bank.

Note : Customs may request for a Chartered Engineer's Certificate.
For export, the Export Shipping Bill will show the serial/part number of the item that will be used when the item is returned after repairs. Duty will be levied only on the "repair cost plus to-and-from freight/insurance".

Gifts & Samples by the Freight Mode

Shippers wishing to forward bonafide samples or free gifts by the freight mode will have to obtain:

 A Certificate from any bank that should state the nature of the shipment (gift/samples), and that no foreign exchange is involved. Click for a sample of Bank Certificate for Gifts and Samples

Export of Pharmaceuticals

For export of Pharmaceuticals, the following additional documentation is required along with the other applicable documents mentioned above:

 Drug Licence Copy.
 Form 20/21B.
 A sample of the contents for inspection by the Additional Drug Controller.
 Sample of the label affixed on the package.

Chemicals

Dangerous Goods are not acceptable for carriage.

For all other chemicals that are accepted for carriage the following documents are required, apart from the normal customs paperwork:

 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Certificate

Certificate from the Shipper certifying that the goods are not covered under the latest edition of the IATA DANGEROUS GOODS REGULATIONS, and are non-hazardous, non-toxic and non-corrosive, and can be carried on a passenger aircraft.

MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) which should include `Transportation details'.

Additional Documentation for Garments/Fabrics destined to the USA

For clearance through US Customs, the following additional documentation is required for shipments of Fabric/Garments to the USA:

 Quota Charge Statement: For all shipments to the USA of Garments, Fabric, Made-ups, a 'Single Country Declaration' has to be submitted which must contain details of the following:

    ·Whether the material is Knitted or Woven.
    ·Gender (whether the item is for Female, Male or      Unisex).
    ·Type of Neck (crew, no neck opening, V-neck).
    ·Stitches per centimetre.
    ·Long or short sleeved.
    ·Type of bottom (hemmed, ribbed, drawstring).

Negative Declaration: negative declaration is required to be submitted by the Shipper when exporting Silk Garments, Fabric, Made-ups, where the content is more than 70%, to the USA.

Packaging

The Shipper is responsible to ensure that shipments tendered are:

 Packed in good, air-worthy packaging which will withstand the weight of the contents while in transit to destination.
 That the Name and Address of the Shipper and Consignee are marked on at least two sides of each package to ensure easy identification.
 That the Marks and Numbers (as stated on the Invoice) are legibly printed on at least two sides of each package to ensure easy identification.
Poor packaging will result in loss/damage to the goods.

Country Information-India (IMPORT)

For all customs enquiries, you may Contact us

The following are guidelines to assist you in completing customs formalities for your international shipments. The data is correct to the best of our knowledge. However, will not be responsible for any omissions or changes in procedures at the time of shipment.

The Customs procedures given below pertain to:

1.Courier-on-Board (COB) Imports
2.Imports: Consolidation

Courier-on-Board (COB) Imports
To enable speedy clearance of loads, the Courier Imports Regulation 87/98 (formerly known as 35/95) was introduced by the Government of India. This regulation stipulates that:

     The Courier company be an authorised courier, registered with the customs and bound by certain requisite obligations.
     The Courier shipments arrive at the Passenger Terminal.
     The Courier shipments are broken up into the following categories:
               I Documents
               II Gifts and Samples
           (Up to the value of Indian Rupees 10,000/=).
               III All other shipments
                  Introduction
                  Customs Assessment
                  Customs Clearance Hours
                  Goods Prohibited for Carriage into India on the COB Mode
                  Detained Shipments

1. Documents

Documents are cleared through customs on arrival. They are passed through X-ray machines and cleared immediately.

Non-documents that are classified as documents may be subject to fines and penalties imposed by customs for mis-declaration.

Given below is a general classification of Documents:

ACCOUNTING DOCUMENTS

AIRLINE TICKETS(issued)

ANALYSIS REPORTS

APPLICATION FORMS

ANNUAL REPORTS

ARTWORK

BANK STATEMENTS

BID QUOTATIONS

BILLS OF SALE

BIRTH CERTIFICATES

BLANK FORMS

BLUEPRINTS

BONDS

BUDGET STATEMENTS/REPORTS

BUSINESS- CORRESPONDENCE

CHEQUES

CLAIM FILES

CLOSING STATEMENTS

CONFERENCE REPORTS

CONTRACTS

COST ESTIMATES

MANUSCRIPTS

MARRIAGE- CERTIFICATES

MEDICAL RECORDS

MEMORANDA

OFFICE RECORDS

OPERATING-AGREEMENTS

PATENT AGREEMENTS

PERMITS

PHOTOCOPIES

PRICE LISTS

PROPOSALS

PROSPECTUS

PURCHASE ORDERS

QUOTATIONS

RESUMES

SALES AGREEMENTS

SALES REPORTS

SHIPPING DOCUMENTS

STATISTICAL DATA

STOCK INFORMATION

TAX PAPERS

TRADE CONFIRMATION

TRANSCRIPTS

TRAVEL AGENDA

TRAVEL PROPOSALS

WARRANTY DEEDS

PHOTOCOPIES


2. Gifts and Samples

The Courier Imports Regulations permit Duty Free clearance of Gifts and Samples valued up to Indian Rupees 10,000/=.

Important Note:The value limit of Rs: 10,000/= should be the ACTUAL MARKET VALUE OF THE SHIPMENT i.e. the price at which the goods would be sold in the market place. Customs reserve the right to adjudicate correct market values and, in such cases, Duty would be levied on the shipments regardless of the value declared by the Shipper.

Shipments are opened and checked at random during customs clearance. Shipments may be required to be detained at customs for further paperwork or valuation purposes.

3. All other shipments

Introduction

Shipments must be accompanied by a 'printed' Commercial Invoice that should declare the Actual Market Value of the Goods. Customs reserve the right to adjudicate correct market values and Duty would be levied on such re-assessed 'fair value'.

It is in the interest of the Shipper and the Consignee to declare the correct value of the goods. Values declared for customs purposes only, values wrongly declared, etc. would result in shipments being detained and the consignee being asked to produce Catalogues, Technical write-ups or Manufacturer's Price Lists, which would result in clearance delays.

Every package is opened and examined by customs. Shipments may be required to be detained at customs for further paperwork or valuation purposes.

Shipments that are detained are submitted to the Express Industry Council Warehouse, which is a customs bonded warehouse, and a Detention Note is issued for each detained shipment.

Customs Assessment

All import shipments are assessed by customs on a CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) basis only.

FOB (Free On Board): Where values are declared on an FOB basis (or nothing declared), 20% towards Freight Cost and 1.125% towards insurance cost is added to the value declared, to arrive at the CIF cost.

C&F (Cost and Freight): Where values are declared on a C&F basis, 1.125% Insurance Cost is added to the C&F Value to arrive at the CIF Cost.

In addition to the above, for all import shipments, 1% of the CIF value is added towards Landing Charges. All assessments are done on the CIF Cost Plus 1% Landing Charges.

Customs may adjudicate 'fair value' of a shipment based on information that they have, in case they feel that the value declared by the Shipper is incorrect. Duty would be levied on such fair value.

Customs Clearance Hours

Clearance of all Samples, Gifts, Packages is undertaken by customs during the normal working hours i.e. between 1030 hours to 1700 hours only. Every second Saturday of the month is observed as a holiday, and customs do not work on Sundays.

Goods Prohibited for carriage into India on the COB Mode

Precious Metals - Gold, Silver etc.
Gems and Jewellery
All items that require testing by regulatory authorities (such as Chemicals, Powders, Liquids etc.).
Chemicals falling under Chapters 28 (Organic), 29 (Inorganic), 38(Miscellaneous Chemicals) of the Customs Tariff book.
Plants and parts thereof.
Animals and parts thereof.
Currency in any denomination.
Packages weighing over 70kgs each.
Maps indicating incorrect boundaries of India.
Perishables.

Prohibited items when imported into India by the COB mode could result in:

Customs permitting clearance subject to levy of fines and penalties on the consignee as well as the authorised courier.
Customs confiscating the shipment in addition to levy of fines and penalties.

Detained Shipments

The following shipments are generally detained by customs for the reasons given below:

 Prescription Drugs
 Pharmaceuticals
 For Valuation Purposes
 100% Export Oriented Unit, Export Processing Zone, Software Technology Park
 Requirement of Duty Exemption Certificate
 Import Licence
 Proof of Bonafide Exporter
 Feature Films
 Prohibited Items
 Repair and Return
 Regular Bill of Entry

Prescription Drugs

All prescription drugs/medication for 'personal use' must be accompanied by a prescription of a registered medical practitioner and must have the correct value declared. There are many drugs termed as LIFE SAVING DRUGS - some falling under List 3 of the customs tariff 2002-03 which attract duty of 26.67% and others under List 4 of the Customs tariff 2002-03 which attract NIL duty.

Consignees wishing to avail of Duty Exemptions of other than listed Life Saving Drugs must approach the Director General Health Services and obtain Duty Exemption Certificate prior to import.

All prescription drugs require to be first cleared by the Assistant Drug Commissioner of Customs. A Doctor's prescription is essential. Once the 'No Objection Certificate' is obtained, the shipment is presented to Customs for valuation and clearance.

The commercial invoice depicting the correct name of the drug, as well as the correct value, would ensure immediate clearance, after obtaining the 'No Objection Certificate" from the Assistant Drug Commissioner. Customs reserve the right to demand the supplier's bills or price lists.

Pharmaceuticals 

Many pharmaceuticals/drugs may be required to be cleared through the Assistant Commissioner of Drugs by providing Form 10/Form 11 which are a form of Import Licence. This is generally required for consignees who are pharmaceutical companies. Once these forms are provided, the shipment would be cleared through Customs, subject to valuation and levy of Duty, where applicable.

For Valuation Purposes

Shipments not accompanied by a Commercial Invoice depicting the actual market value of the goods, or where customs have any concern regarding the value declared, would be detained. Such shipments can only be cleared through customs upon production of the following by the consignee:

 Commercial Invoice
 Catalogue
 Manufacturer's Price List
 Technical Write Up

To ensure speedy clearance of the shipment, it is in the interest of the Shipper and Consignee to ensure correct values are declared at all times, and catalogues of the items accompany the consignment.

100% Export Oriented Unit, Export Processing Zone, Software Technology Park

Importers situated in Export Processing Zones or Software Technology Parks, or those companies deemed as Export Oriented Units, are granted the benefit of Duty Free Imports.

For shipments destined to such importers, it is mandatory for Shippers to ensure that the status of the importer is clearly declared on the air waybill as well as on the Commercial Invoice. Otherwise, such shipments may be treated as normal, dutiable shipments.

For shipments detained by customs, importers are required to customs clear through their own service providers and fulfil the necessary customs obligations. Customs do permit transhipment of such shipments to other International Customs Airports in India. The consignee is required to appoint a registered customs house agent (customs broker), who would have to file a regular bill of entry for imports, to undertake such clearance.

Requirement of Duty Exemption Certificate

Certain importers may avail of Clearance of shipments under concessional rate of duty subject to provision of a Duty Exemption Certificate along with an Essentiality Certificate. Such importers are:

 Government Organisations
 Recognised Universities and Research Institutes
 Charitable Organisations
 Recognised Hospitals

Shipments of such importers are detained at customs and can only be cleared against submission of the Duty Exemption Certificate by the Consignee. 

Import Licence

Certain items fall under the list of Restricted Items that require clearance under a Special Import Licence (SIL).

A SIL is freely available and can be purchased in the open market by any importer for clearance of shipments.

Such shipments can be cleared

Against an Import Licence, in which case the Consignee is required to appoint a customs house agent to file a regular bill of entry for imports for clearance. All extra costs are to be borne by the Consignee.

Against payment of a penalty/fine in lieu of an Import Licence. In such a case, the Consignee is required to write to the customs authorities requesting for adjudication in lieu of an Import Licence.

Proof of Bonafide Exporter

Exporters who import into India items such as labels and hangtags used in the manufacture of exports, are exempted from payment of Customs Duty. Such shipments may be detained by customs who may request for proof of being a bonafide exporter or proof of export orders, etc.

Generally such shipments are permitted Duty Free clearances against submission of a notarised copy of a valid registration cum membership certificate of an Export Council.

Feature Films

All feature films, in any language, must be accompanied by a Commercial Invoice that should depict the length of the film and a brief synopsis. Such shipments would be detained by customs and clearance only permitted against a No Objection Certificate from the Censor Board.

Videos and other such goods, containing training material, can be cleared through customs against a declaration from the Shipper giving all details of the content, length of the tape, etc.

Customs reserve the right to view such items to verify the contents.

Prohibited Items

Items prohibited for import into India by the Courier-on-Board (COB) mode, may be permitted for clearance against levy of penalty/fine subject to the following:

Chemicals and items that require testing:

Clearance may be permitted against a regular bill of entry for imports that can only be undertaken by a customs house agent.This would mean that the consignee would have to appoint a customs house agent for the clearance, and correct valuation papers and a chemical analysis report would also be required.

Precious Metals, Gems and Jewellery:

Clearance may be permitted against a regular bill of entry for imports that can only be undertaken by a customs house agent.The Consignee is required to appoint a customs house agent for the clearance, which involves customs examination at the Diamond Plaza Cargo Complex, and assessment and valuation at the Courier Terminal. This procedure can only be performed by a customs house agent and not by a registered courier.

Important Note : WE do not carry precious metals, gems and jewellery on its domestic network.

Repair and Return

Items exported from India for repairs and imported after completion of repair, are levied Duty on:

To-and-fro Freight Cost
Insurance Cost
Repair Cost

Such items must be accompanied by a Commercial Invoice that must clearly state the words "Repair and Return" and the repair cost.

These items would be detained at customs and the Consignee is required to submit export documentation in the form of the original export shipping bill as well as the original customs-attested export invoice. Repair and Return benefit would only be granted if the identity of the goods exported is established to be the same as the goods imported after repair i.e. the serial and part numbers of the item must tally and must be stated on both the export and import documentation.

Regular Bill of Entry

The Courier Import Regulations provide for the customs officer to reserve the right to detain any shipment for clearance against a regular bill of entry.

Generally, such shipments are those that require clearance against an Import Licence, as well as shipments where the value is more than Indian Rupees 1,00,000/=. All shipments having this value or more require the importer to submit the Exchange Control Copy of the regular bill of entry to the Reserve Bank of India at the time of making remittance of the cost of goods to the overseas supplier.

These shipments can only be cleared through customs by filing of a regular bill of entry by a customs house agent, and cannot be cleared against a courier bill of entry.

We can offer the services of our reputable customs house agent located at various Ports, to Consignees wishing to appoint a customs house agent. The cost for these services is to be negotiated directly between the Consignee and the Customs House Agent. The Cistoms House Agent has reserved the right to refuse acceptance for clearance of any shipment without allocating any reason to do so.

Imports Consolidation

Consolidated shipments for various destinations across India are received at various designated ports, as consigned. On receipt of the shipment, we send a Cargo Arrival Notice to the consignee, and would await any of the following instructions:

Transhipment of the shipment to international customs airports in India. If the Consignee requires this facility, the consignment is transhipped for self-clearance by the Consignee.

Clearance at any port by the Consignee's own customs house agent. In this case, the Delivery Order and documentation would be handed over to the appointed agent for clearance.

Clearance by us at ports, and reforwarding thereafter to the final destination. Additional charges would apply for this service, subject to the customs documentation involved.

Banned Commodities

Certain items are banned or restricted for carriage on our services because of the restrictions imposed by the Bureau Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and/or the Regulatory Requirements of the State. Listed below are the various categories of Banned and Restricted Commodities.

Banned Commodities - All Services

Prohibited Items for International Services

Banned Commodities - International

The following commodities are banned on ALL of our services:

     Currency
     Indian Postal Articles
     Liquids & Semi-liquids
     Philately Items
     Pornography
     Bullion
     Drugs and Narcotics (Illegal)
     Firearms, parts thereof and ammunition
     Precious & Semi-Precious Items
     Radioactive Material
     Commodities banned by Law at any given time without prior notice
     All IATA Restricted Items and Dangerous goods
     Please Contact us for further details.

Prohibited Items for International Services

The following items are unacceptable for carriage via International Service by DHL to all international points:

     Firearms, parts thereof and ammunition
     All Dangerous Goods as defined by IATA
     C.O.D. (Cash on delivery) shipments
     Corpses, cremated or disinterred remains
     Foodstuffs / Perishable (Food and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control)
     Gambling Devices : Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by national, provincial, state or local law.
     Live animals and plants (Note: Cut flowers are acceptable to Canada )
     Money (Coins, Cash currency, Paper money and Negotiable Instruments.
     Pornography
     Shipments being processed under:

- Carnets*:(allows temporary import for display, etc. without duties)
- Drawback Claims*:(request for refund of import duties at the time of export)
- Temporary Importation Bond*:(allows temporary import for repair, etc.)
- State Department Licenses*:(May be referred to as "ITAR", munitions, list, "military", "dsp-5", "dsp-61", "dsp-73", or "dsp-85" shipments)
- Inbond Shipments*:(shipments moving in or out of customs bonded warehouse or free trade zone, FTZ)
- Certificate of Registration Shipments*:(shipments requiring presentation to U.S. customs prior to export)
- Drug Enforcement Agency*:(DEA) Shipments (Shipments regulated by DEA)

     Dry Ice (including that used for packaging).

Additionally

- Any shipment which would be likely to cause damage, or delay to equipment, personnel or other shipments
- Any shipment which may require the carrier to obtain a license for its transportation
- Any item whose carriage is prohibited by any law, statute or regulations of the country of origin or destination, or of any country through which the shipment may transit.

     Please Contact us for further details.

Dangerous Goods

Prohibited Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods are not accepted for carriage. The list given below is not exhaustive and is issued mainly for your guidance. An exhaustive list may be seen in the current "IATA DANGEROUS GOODS REGULATIONS" handbook, or you may Contact us for further assistance. 

Explosives

     Articles and substances having a mass explosion hazard
     Articles and substances having a projection hazard
     Articles and substances having a fire hazard and/or a minor blast hazard

Gases

     Flammable Gas
     Non-flammable, non-toxic gas
     Toxic gas

Flammable Liquids
Flammable Solids

     Flammable Solids
     Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
     Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases

Oxidizing Substances and Organic Peroxide
Toxic and Infectious Substances
Radioactive Material
Corrosives


     Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods - please Contact us for more information.
     Prohibited and Restricted Articles - please Contact us for details.

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