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    Introduction

    There is no predefined definition of personal import. In general a personal import is a direct purchase of foreign goods from overseas mail order companies, retailers, manufacturers or by an individual for the purpose of personal use.

    Forms of Personal Import are:
    There are two forms of personal import:

    1. Direct Personal Import: An importer himself/herself places orders to foreign mail order companies, retailers or manufactures and imports directly from them.

    2. Indirect Personal Import: An importer places orders to an import agent and imports goods via the agent.

    In any case, since personal import is direct trade with foreign countries, a buyer must understand the various rules and regulation while importing such goods. For importing any good in India, a buyer must check the item in the ITC-HS code in order to know weather the item is free to import, restricted or prohibited.

    Importance of IEC Number for Personal Import
    Import Export Code Number or IEC number is not required for import of items for personal use.

    Import of Baggage
    While travelling passengers are allowed to carry certain items with them, which are governed by the Baggage Rules 1998. Baggage Rules contain separate concessions for resident tourist and person transferring their residence to India. Special provisions have also been made for unaccompanied baggage and application of the rules to the members of the crew.

    Items that can not be Imported for Personal Use

     There are certain items that can not be imported for personal use. These items are listed below-

    • Vegetables and seeds exceeding one pound

    • Beas

    • Tea

    • Books, magazines, journals and literature

    • Items which has been Canalised under the Indian Exim Policy (2007) or Foreign Trade Policy.   

    • Arms and ammunitions

    • Consumer electronic items, except hearing aid and other life saving equipments

    Import of items by Registered Courier
    For the purpose of taxation, import of goods by registered carrier is not included under the Baggage Rule Act (1998). Under a new system of assessment, the clearance of goods is governed by the Courier Imports and Exports Regulation Act (1998).

    Import of items by UN Officials
    UN Officials and its authorized agencies are exempted from payment of custom duty under the United Nation Act (1947).

    Import of items by Indian Professionals
    All the rules and regulation for the import of goods and item by the Indian professionals is mentioned in the Rule 5 and Appendix C of the Baggage Rule (1998).

    Import of Samples
    All samples are allowed for import mentioned in the ITC-HS Classification of export and import items are allowed without a license. However items like vegetables, seeds, bees, and new drugs are not listed under free import and need a special license.

    Samples of tea not exceeding Rs. 2000 (CIF) in one consignment is allowed without any authorisation form the Custom or Tea Board of India. An individual is also free to bring a sample of worth Rs- 75,000 (except for gems and jewellery) and Rs- 300,000 for the samples of gems and jewellery.

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    Date: 19-04-2018
    Notification No.33/2018-Customs (N.T.)
    Exchange Rates Notification No.33/2018-Custom(NT) dated 19.4.2018

    Date: 18-04-2018
    Notification No. 22/2018-Customs (ADD)
    seeks to impose definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of Glassware, originating in, or exported from People's Republic of China and Indonesia. .

    Date: 17-04-2018
    Notification No. 21/2018-Customs (ADD)
    seeks to extend the levy of anti-dumping duty, imposed on imports of Soda Ash originating in or exported from Russia and Turkey under Notification No. 8/2013-Customs (ADD), dated the 18.04.2013 for a further period of one year (i.e. 16.04.2019) or till the conclusion of the sunset review investigations initiated by the Designated Authority vide initiation notification No.7/4/2018-DGAD dated the 16th April, 2018, whichever is earlier.

    Date: 16-04-2018
    DGFT Notification No.02/2015-2020
    Incorporatoin of new HS Codes for laying down import policy for Kabuli Chana, Bengal gram and Others under Exim Code 0713 of Chapter 07 of ITC (HS), 2017, Schedule - I (Import Policy).

    Date: 16-04-2018
    DGFT Notification No.03/2015-2020
    Amendment in import policy conditions under Exim Code 9022 of Chapter 90 of ITC (HS), 2017, Schedule - I (Import Policy).

    Date: 13-04-2018
    Notification No.32/2018-Customs (N.T.)
    Tariff Notification in respect of Fixation of Tariff Value of Edible Oils, Brass Scrap, Poppy Seeds, Areca Nut, Gold and Sliver.

    Date: 12-04-2018
    A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.23
    Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) for Resident Individuals – daily reporting of transactions

    Date: 11-04-2018
    Trade Notice No- 2/2018-19
    Launch of facility to check status of Importer Exporter Code (IEC) application made to DGFT

    Date: 10-04-2018
    Notification No. 43/2018-Customs
    seeks to increase tariff rate of basic customs duty (BCD) on tariff items covered under tariff sub head 0404 10 ie. Whey and modified Whey, whether or not concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter, and under tariff item 0404 90 00 ie. Other Whey from present 30% to 40% by invoking section 8A (1) of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975.

    Date: 10-04-2018
    Notification No. 44/2018-Customs
    seeks to amend notification No. 50/2017 Customs dated 30.06.2017 so as to maintain effective rate of BCD on Whey, concentrated, evaporated or condensed, liquid or semi-solid (0404 10 10) and Other Whey (0404 90 00) at 30%.



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