India Customs Clearance Issues

  • Indian customs started using the EDI method for customs clearance. As a result of this change, shipments to India now require provision of the customs declaration documents of the consignee before the shipment reaches the Indian gateway forcustoms clearance; otherwise the shipment will be detained. Please pay attention to this message to ensure your shipment clears customs smoothly.


    Commodity Type





    1. Need to provide receiver's IEC code before shipment arrived in India for EDI clearance.

    2. If receiver’s GST No. can be provided along with IEC code, the tax will be charged max. 28%. If not, shipment will be cleared under common IEC code (the duty rate is 41.184%). Under common IEC code clearance, receiver cannot take commodity tariff duty concession and if the shipment declared value is over INR50,000, it will cause penalty.

    Need to provide one of the receiver’s KYC Copy (personal ID copy) before shipment arrived in India.


    Personal ID including : PAN/TAN/Passport/Aadhaar

    1. IEC: Import Export Code

    2. PAN: a code that acts as identification for Indian nationals, especially those who pay Income Tax. It is an unique, 10-character alpha-numeric identifier, e.g. ARLPA0061H

    3. TAN: a 10 Digi Alphanumeric Number and is used as an abbreviation for Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number

    4. GST: Goods and Services Tax. a unified indirect tax across the country on products and service

    5. KYC: Know your customer.

    6. Aadhaar: an individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Government of India to individuals for the purpose of establishing the unique identity of every single person.


    No need to provide clearance document


    The detailed information of restricted and prohibited items is subject to the local customs regulations and laws. For further enquiry, please contact our Customer Service Hotline at (852) 2730 0273 or (853) 2873 7373 (Macau).