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Need advice: Has anyone bought an amplifier from abroad, custom duties?

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arijitray74

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Want advice on how you dealt with customs, paying 40% seems unaffordable.



Total cost (price + Shipping) into 45% is the duties.If the shipper ships through well known agents like Fedex/Ups/Aramex etc they will do all clearance on your behalf.You might need to furnish few basic documentation.Item will be delivered to your doorstep upon payment of duties amount during delivery.


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yogibear

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By the book it should be 26% but they charge as much as 40 to 50%.

Regular practice is to add 20% to CIF and then impose duty over it.
 

panditji

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The standard customs duty used to 29.6% but now due to GST, the customs duty is 10% basic customs and IGST @28% since amplifiers fall in the 28% GST product group thereby making it a total of approx. 41% on the value declared...

On top of that, all electronics need to be BIS certified and because you cannot get 1 amplifier tested for BIS (which also costs money and a very long time), you will end up paying money to the customs/agent to release the product as well as demurrage... My speakers were held up for almost 12 days even though it does not come under electronics but I still ended up paying demurrage for 10 days even though it was the customs fault for holding the product...

I have always imported stuff directly in the last 15 years but would advise you against it as recently it has become very difficult and expensive unless you are getting a very good deal on the amplifier... I only recommend importing large speakers directly now as the difference in the Indian pricing would still be worth it.. For all other products, either fly down and carry them yourself or bargain with the Indian distributor/retailer...
 

essrand

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Thank you for your responses.
I was going to buy a Nagra Amp at almost 1/3rd retail, but might drop the plan for now. Might just wait until my next trip to Europe :/
 

hemya

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from what I have heard its a good option to use amazon.com for purchase. They charge the import fees upfront and nothing extra.

This is not my first hand experience but some friends have imported electronics and not had any issues.
 
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