Import duties India

Are you receiving a package from India? Then you pay import duties, so-called import tax, because India is not a member of the European Union (EU). Read everything you need to know about sending parcels to India. Are you wondering about the level of import duties for packages from India and who pays them? You can read it on this page.

Chantal van Thiel

Chantal has been writing about logistics topics for almost two decades and has worked for major international carriers.

Import Duties India

Wondering about import duties in India? As a recipient of a package from India, you should expect costs such as import duties and VAT. In most cases, you will pay these costs, but you can, of course, make arrangements with the sender of the package. Read more below.

Is India part of the European Union?

No, India is not part of the European Union. It is a country in South Asia and is not part of Europe or the EU. Therefore, you pay import duties and possibly VAT. The European Union does want to pick up the thread for agreements on lowering import duties. It's difficult to determine the amount of import duties in advance. On the tax authority's website, you can see some calculation examples of import duties.

Import Duties Calculator from ParcelParcel

Receive an estimate of the import duties, VAT, and clearance costs of your shipment within 10 seconds. At ParcelParcel, we think it's important that everyone can send internationally easily! We notice that many of our customers want an estimate of the import duties, VAT, and clearance costs.

Here's how it works:

  1. Go to our Import Duties Calculator (or scroll down)
  2. Enter the data according to the example in our calculator
  3. You will immediately receive an estimate of the import duties, VAT, and clearance costs:


How to ensure that you or the recipient pays import duties?

This is done by mentioning a correct goods code, or HS code, on the customs invoice. This allows customs to easily and correctly determine the amount of import duties and other import taxes. Typically, import duties are always charged to the recipient of your shipment. We have created a tool in MyParcelParcel with which you can easily look up HS codes based on a description. On this page, you see how the new HS code tool from ParcelParcel works.

At ParcelParcel, you automatically receive the right forms

When you book a shipment with ParcelParcel, you don't need to fill out customs forms yourself. We have designed our shipping platform so that you can easily create a customs invoice within a few clicks and automatically benefit from any trade agreements. This way, you automatically receive the correct customs papers if necessary. You don't have to fill out any forms yourself, but can export to or import from India with the push of a button. Through MyParcelParcel, you receive the shipping labels and also the customs invoice for dutiable shipments. If you don't have a MyParcelParcel account, you can sign up for free. Also creating a customs invoice during booking is free of charge. You only pay for the shipping costs of the carrier you choose.

Sending a package to India?

The customs of South Africa do not allow certain products to be imported. For example, wild meat products, endangered plant and animal species, and money orders. Check our website for a list of goods that may cause problems and all other customs formalities of India. On our website, you can also find more information about sending a package to India.

More information?

If you have any questions about import duties, VAT, or the clearance process, please contact us via Live Chat (working days 08:00-17:30 hours). Our support specialists are happy to help you with your questions. You can also contact us by phone or email.

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