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Moving To India

If you are moving between India and the USA, International Sea & Air Shipping can make your India relocation smooth and seamless with sea or air containers for your personal belongings.

When Moving to India

An International Moving Specialist will help you by outlining your moving options based on our moving criteria such as:
  • When do you need to be in India?
  • Will you be renting or purchasing real estate?
  • Are you moving alone or with family? For business or personal reasons?

The Cost of Moving to India

The cost to move to India from the United States varies considerably based on the cubic footage of your belongings and your proposed destination arrival time.

Make an appointment for a home survey and consultation on your move to India - including a site inspection of your home and belongings to get the most accurate cubic feet estimate & moving services to help expedite your relocation to India.

About India

Known for being home to one of the most ancient civilizations, the Indus Valley Civilization, India is the 7th largest and 2nd most populous country in the world. Reputed for rich culture, traditions, varieties of landscape, people, cuisines and more, India has always remained a mystical oriental country for many. India is also the originating place for four of the major religions in the world, namely – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.

India is the 7th largest country by geographical area and the 2nd most populous country in the world. India’s neighboring countries are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, China, Nepal, and Pakistan. India is one of the five BRICS nations along with Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa.

India is also home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world – the mesmerizingly enamoring mausoleum, Taj Mahal. Apart from this, India, where the essence is ‘unity in diversity’ is a land of many different attractions for tourists as well.

India is the world's 10th largest economy by nominal GDP and 4th largest by purchasing power parity. India was the world's 15th largest importer in 2009, and the 18th largest exporter. The largest partners are UAE, US, China, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Germany, and Singapore.

Custom Regulations for India:
  • Passport for all family members
  • Visa (to reside in India for at least one year)
  • Inventory, valued in English (indicating date purchased) and itemized (brand, model and serial number of all major appliances must be noted and in English)
  • Indian Customs Declaration Form (to be signed in presence of Customs Officer)
  • Diplomatic shipments require Duty Exemption Certificates from the government of India
  • Insurance policy
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty-free for foreign nationals and Indians transferring residence to India provided:
    • The goods have been owned and used for a minimum of one year prior to importation
    • Indian Citizens have resided outside the country for two years and intend on staying in India for a year
  • Foreign nationals produce a visa valid for one year
  • All shipments 100% inspected
  • Sea shipments must be shipped within 30 days of customer's arrival and air shipments within 15 days of shipper's arrival.
  • Large quantities of cosmetics, toiletries, food, etc.
  • Tobacco and alcohol products (alcoholic products attract duties over 200%)
  • Electronic equipment and appliances (only one of each is allowed)
  • New items and consumables
  • Professional equipment may be imported duty-free with evidence/certificates proving qualifications of profession to Customs
  • Manufacturers cartons should not be used for shipping; it is recommended that goods be re-packed and tags and brochures (for new items) not be put in the cartons
  • Gold or silver in any form other than ornaments
  • Weapons, firearms and ammunition (unless licensed in advance)
  • Live plants
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Pornographic material
  • Narcotics
  • Politically sensitive literature
  • ALL VEHICLES including boats are subject to DUTY and very high taxes
  • Prior to Customs clearance, foreign nationals are required to furnish a bank bond for import trade authorities, stating not to sell the car for a specified period
  • Indians can sell the car immediately upon Customs clearance
  • Indians can import brand new cars up to 1600cc
  • Cars exceeding 1600cc must have been registered in the importers name abroad for at least one year
  • Documents required:
    • Owners passport indicating two years residence abroad (original)
    • Manufacturers invoice (original)
    • Customs Clearing Permit/Import License
    • Insurance Policy
    • Auto Registration Certificate
    • Keys
    • List of extras and purchase date
  • Health Certificate, rabies and other vaccinations required
  • One only of cat, dog, or parrot
  • All used Household Goods (more than 1 year old) are duty-free
  • All new articles, whether furniture, crockery, etc., are charged a duty of at least 50%.
  • The following items are dutiable at 25% (new or used)
    -TV-Air Conditioner
    -Washing Machine-Deep Freezer
    -LPG cooking Range-Microwave Oven
    -Dishwasher-Video Camera
    -Music System-Word Processor
    -Personal Computer-FAX Machine
  • If the total value of the above items exceeds RS 150,000,(approximately $4250) or items that exceed the one-piece limit will attract a dut of approximately 62%.
NOTE - Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International Sea & Air Shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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Motto : Truth Alone Triumphs
Capital : New Delhi
National Anthem : "Jana Gana Mana" ("Fathership of All People")


Location : Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan
Area : Total : 3,287,263 sq km

Land : 2,973,193 sq km
Water : 314,070 sq km

Climate : Varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate in north


Nationality : Indian(s)
Population : 1,189,172,906 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : DELHI (capital) 21.72 million; Mumbai 19.695 million; Kolkata 15.294 million; Chennai 7.416 million; Bangalore 7.079 million (2009)
Languages : Hindi 41%, Bengali 8.1%, Telugu 7.2%, Marathi 7%, Tamil 5.9%, Urdu 5%, Gujarati 4.5%, Kannada 3.7%, Malayalam 3.2%, Oriya 3.2%, Punjabi 2.8%, Assamese 1.3%, Maithili 1.2%, Other 5.9%


GDP : $4.046 trillion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Indian rupees (INR) per US dollar - 46.163 (2010), 48.405 (2009), 43.319 (2008), 41.487 (2007), 45.3 (2006)


Airports : 352 (2010)
Roadways : Total:3,320,410 km
Waterways : 14,500 km
Ports & Terminals : Chennai, Jawaharal Nehru, Kandla, Kolkata (Calcutta), Mumbai (Bombay), Sikka, Vishakhapatnam


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