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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, Blue Dart Express Limited
will not be responsible for any omissions or changes in procedures
at the time of shipment.

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The Customs procedures given below pertain to:


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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
I 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
AIRLINE
DOCUMENTS
TICKETS(issued)
APPLICATION
ANNUAL REPORTS
FORMS
BANK STATEMENTS BID QUOTATIONS
BIRTH
BLANK FORMS
CERTIFICATES

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ANALYSIS REPORTS
ARTWORK
BILLS OF SALE
BLUEPRINTS
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CERTIFICATES
BONDS
CHEQUES
CONFERENCE
REPORTS
MANUSCRIPTS
MEMORANDA
PATENT
AGREEMENTS
PRICE LISTS
PURCHASE
ORDERS
SALES
AGREEMENTS
STATISTICAL DATA
TRADE
CONFIRMATION
TRAVEL
PROPOSALS

II

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BUDGET
BUSINESSSTATEMENTS/REPORTS CORRESPONDENCE
CLAIM FILES
CLOSING
STATEMENTS
CONTRACTS
COST ESTIMATES
MARRIAGECERTIFICATES
OFFICE RECORDS

MEDICAL RECORDS

PERMITS

OPERATINGAGREEMENTS
PHOTOCOPIES

PROPOSALS
QUOTATIONS

PROSPECTUS
RESUMES

SALES REPORTS

SHIPPING
DOCUMENTS
STOCK INFORMATION TAX PAPERS
TRANSCRIPTS
TRAVEL AGENDA
WARRANTY DEEDS

PHOTOCOPIES

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.
III

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
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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.).
Plants and parts thereof.
Animals and parts thereof.
Currency in any denomination or form (unused stamps,
activated credit/debit card, unused activated traveller cheques,
etc.
Individual packages weighing over 70 kgs 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
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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.

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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
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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: Blue Dart Express Limited does 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
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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 customsattested 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.
Blue Dart Express Limited can offer the services of Skyline
International, a reputable customs house agent located at
Mumbai, to Consignees wishing to appoint a customs house
agent. The cost for these services is to be negotiated directly
between the Consignee and Skyline International. Skyline
International has reserved the right to refuse acceptance for
clearance of any shipment without allocating any reason to do
so.
Imports Consolidation
Concorde Air Logistics Limited is Blue Dart Express Limited's
designated agent for receiving import consolidations.
Consolidated shipments for various destinations across India are
received at Mumbai, consigned to Concorde International. On
receipt of the shipment, Concorde International sends 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 Mumbai 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 Concorde Air Logistics Limited at Mumbai, and
reforwarding thereafter to the final destination. Additional
charges would apply for this service, subject to the customs
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charges would apply for this service, subject to the customs


documentation involved.
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