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Packing your TV

In order to ship your TV safely to India, it is essential that they are packaged appropriately to minimize any chances of damage. To ensure secure packaging, it is best to use the original retail box that your TV arrived in. However if you did not save the original packaging, you need to purchase a box specifically designed to accommodate televisions. Our packing experts at Universal Relocations can further assist you with finding the apt boxes and wooden craters.

Here are some other important guidelines to remember while packing your tv

  • Protect the screen of the television with a thin sheet of foam, taped around the edges with a removable adhesive.
  • Include any installation instructions and/or operating manuals
  • Do not pack any other items inside the box (remotes, cables, etc.) to avoid damaging the TV
  • Tidy power cables with ties before wrapping.
  • Remove batteries from the remote control and take the remote with you in accompanied baggage as it may be misplaced during custom inspection in India
In case you did not save your TV’s original packaging, we can provide you with the right box along with customized wooden crating and ensure it gets transported properly. If you require further assistance with any challenges that may arise while you prepare to move, do not hesitate to contact us and communicate your issues. Our team of experts are trained to ship your TV and other electronics safely to your destination with no hassle.

Transporting your TV

Once your TV is packed appropriately, you may drop it off to any one of our warehouses located in New Jersey / Maryland / California / Texas / Georgia. Once shipped to India, you may then pick it up from any one of our warehouses located in Chennai / Bangalore / Hyderabad / Mumbai / Delhi
You may also opt to have your TV picked up and delivered to your residence at an additional charge.

Warehouse to Warehouse TV shipping charges from USA to India

TV Size (Inches) / series 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70-79 80-89
Rate (USD) 300 350 400 500 600 700

Additional charges if required

Transit insurance may be added at an additional cost
Customs duty in India will be an additional fee and will be payable in India at actuals
TV box: $100
Custom wooden crating (optional): $125

How to Calculate duty for your TV
  • 38.5% is calculated on TV cost price if you are able to produce original purchase receipt or market price in India.
  • The guidelines for customs officers reports that the duty is 38.5% on “assessed value”. The value will be assessed on arrival, based on parameters such as make, model, condition of the TV- whether new or old.
  • Your presence in India is must and Original Passport Required for Customs Clearance TV in India under Transfer of Residence.

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Former Indian citizens presently settled abroad, who are contemplating a return to India for settlement, have an option of using the transfer of residency rules that offer those returning after extended stays to benefit from relaxed rules regarding the import of their personal belongings.


Transfer of Residency – Customs duty

NRI/PIO who are returning to India for an extended period should consider using the transfer of residency so that they can take advantage of relaxed customs duties. Transfer of Residence is a facility provided to persons who intend to transfer their residence to India after a stay abroad of at least two years. This facility allows the imported personal and household articles, free of duty and certain other listed items, on payment of a concessional rate of duty. Those taking transfer of residence is no longer subjected to any minimum stay requirements in India.


Transfer of Residence Rules

The requirements to qualify for transfer of residency concessions: A minimum stay of two years abroad, immediately preceding the date of arrival on transfer of residency is required. Total stay in India on short visits during the 2 preceding years, should not exceed 6 months, and such persons have not availed concessions under transfer of residency in the preceding three years.


Exemptions Allowed

hortfall of up to two months in stay abroad can be condoned by Deputy Commissioner of Customs or Assistant Commissioner of Customs if the early return is on account of terminal leave or vacation being availed of by the passenger or any other special circumstances for reasons which will be required in writing by the customs authorities. The Principal Commissioner of Customs or Commissioner of Customs may condone short visits in excess of six months in special circumstances for reasons to be recorded in writing.


Duty free items allowed under transfer of residence

The total combined value of such goods should not exceed rupees five lakh. NRIs should also be aware that, not more than one unit, of each item of such goods is allowed, per family. Items allowed duty free under transfer of residence are:Used personal and household articles up to an aggregate value of Rupees 5 Lakh. Jewelry up to Rs. 50,000 by a gentleman passenger or Rs. 100,000 for a lady passenger. Jewelry taken out earlier by the passenger or by a member of his family from India. (Proof may be required)Video Cassette Recorder or Video Cassette Player or Video Television Receiver or Video Cassette Disk Player. Washing Machine. Electrical or Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cooking Range Personal Computer( Desktop Computer)Laptop Computer( Notebook Computer)Domestic Refrigerators of capacity up to 300 liters or its equivalent.


List of items with reduced customs duty

For the following items, a reduced customs duty of 36% is charged. It does not matter whether these items are new or old. Color Television or Monochrome Television. Digital Video Disc Player. Video Home Theater System. Dish Washer. Music System. Air Conditioner. Domestic refrigerators of capacity above 300 liters or its equivalent. Deep Freezer. Microwave Oven. Video camera or the combination of any such video camera with one or more of the following goods, namely:- television Receiver; Sound recording or reproducing apparatus; Video reproducing apparatus. Word Processing Machine. Fax Machine. Portable Photocopying Machine.Vessel.Aircraft.Cinematographic films of 35 mm and above. Gold or silver, in any form, other than ornaments.


Drones NOT allowed to be brought in to India by passengers

Due to security concerns, India no longer allows passengers to carry Drones to India. Effective April 1, 2016. Indian Customs Declaration Forms have been revised and Drones are on the prohibited list and not duty free.

How to calculate customs duty in india on used items

In case a person knows the rate of duty for a particular item, it’s easy to calculate the duty that will be charged. However, for used items, the value is determined by allowing depreciation on a yearly basis.


First year depreciation

@ 16%2


Second year depreciation

@ 16%2


Third-year depreciation

@ 16%2

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  • a) How do I pack my TV ?
a) How do I pack my TV ?
  1. TV’s are mostly packed in the original manufacturing TV Boxes, which is highly recommended. Roll up cords, wires and remotes are to placed/packed in a clear bag/box.
  2. Keep the TV upright when placing in box and make sure to protect the sides with Therma coal
  3. Use blankets/soft cloths or other furniture pads to fill any gaps you see in between and on the top of the box and the TV Screen.
  4. Do not pack TV stand or any other items inside the TV box .
  • b) How much I need to Pay Customs Duty in India for TV .
b) How much I need to Pay Customs Duty in India for TV .

As per New customs rules , You need to Pay 38.5% customs duty on TV Purchase price or Indian market value . To pay duty on purchase price you need to produce the original purchase Receipt to customs officer at the time of Inspection. TV’s Purchased on open box value or on Thanks Giving Offer – Purchase Invoices/receipts would NOT be considered. TV’s Purchased from COSCO, BEST BUY, FRYS ELECTRONICS, AMAZON, TARGET with Original Invoices – Duty would be considered on the Purchase Invoices.

  • c) Can I get Insurance for my TV ?
c) Can I get Insurance for my TV ?

Yes , If you have original TV box and opt for wooden crating from Universal Relocations, you can get all risk insurance for your TV, which will cover for Lost and Damages. Minimum Premium $ 75 for a Value of $ 3000 and Less or 2.5% on the total declared value – whichever is Higher.

  • d) What if I don’t have Original TV Box ?
d) What if I don’t have Original TV Box ?

Pls inform to your sales rep and universal Relocations will provide customized TV box .

  • e) Wooden Crating is mandatory for Shipping TV to India ?
e) Wooden Crating is mandatory for Shipping TV to India ?

Though it is Optional, but it is highly recommended for the safe shipping and to activate all risk insurance coverage for the damage/breakage cost for Wooden Crating $ 125.

  • f) Can I get Transit Insurance for Plasma TV ?
f) Can I get Transit Insurance for Plasma TV ?

No , Insurance underwriter will not provide all risk insurance for Plasma TV ,but you can take Total loss insurance which will cover only if TV is missing .

  • g) How Long will take for delivery ?
g) How Long will take for delivery ?

Normally it will take 60 to 120 days for Door to Door shipping By Sea .

  • h) Do I have to visit to Customs office in india to pay customs duty ?
h) Do I have to visit to Customs office in india to pay customs duty ?

Your presence in India is mandatory and Need original passport and Power of Attorney to clear customs on your behalf but your presence in Customs/Port not required .

  • i) US TV will work in India ? Do I need to Buy step down Convertor ?
i) US TV will work in India ? Do I need to Buy step down Convertor ?

All new Model TV’s coming with 110 /220 volts and NTC/PAL, And it works in india without any issue , however we recommend to check with the TV Dealer or Universal Relocations Sales Rep before Buying /Shipping.

TV shipping from the US to India

Shipping a TV from the USA to India? we offer door-to-door shipping services from USA  to anywhere in India. Our rate includes pickup /ocean freight insurance and customs clearance process in india, Excludes Customs duty and port charges if any in india.

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