New customs form from January 1 for passengers flying into India

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Passengers flying into  India  will have to fill in a new customs form on their arrival from the new year while the need to fill immigration form for returning Indians is being done away with.

All passengers coming to  India  will be filling up an ‘Indian Customs Declaration Form’ seek details that will be different from the detachable perforated strip which is part of the immigration card at the moment.

In the new customs form, new fields have been introduced for declaration of dutiable and prohibited goods. For the first time,travellers would be asked to specifically declare any prohibited articles, gold jewellery (over free allowance), gold bullion and Indian currency exceeding Rs 7,500 in the new form.

Ø  Passengers of Indian origin and foreigners of over 10 years of age residing inIndia  (and coming from  Nepal,  Bhutan,  Myanmar  and  China) are eligible for duty free allowance of Rs 6,000. A duty free allowance of Rs 35,000 can be availed by such passengers in case they are coming from other than these four nations.

Ø  Indian passenger, who has been residing abroad for over one year, can get gold jewellery worth Rs 50,000 (for man) and Rs one lakh (for woman) without paying any import duty. All passengers are also eligible to bring with them liquor or wine upto two litres, 200 numbers of cigarettes, upto 50 numbers of cigars or 250 gms of tobacco.

Ø  Passengers of 18 years and above age can also bring one laptop computer without payment of customs duty.

Ø  Customs duty is leviable at the rate of 36.05 per cent (basic) customs duty 35 per cent+education cess at the rate of three per cent) on the value of dutiable goods that is in excess of the duty free allowance.

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