How to import goods from India – 3 things you need to know
With its strong economic growth and large population, India is ripe with opportunities for international trade. Before you start importing goods from India, consider the following:
Are your goods permitted for export from India?
Understanding the processes for shipping internationally from India is essential for your business, but worth little if your products prove subject to export restrictions.
Therefore, you should check if any such rulings apply before attempting to fill export orders. Export restrictions in India apply mainly to foodstuffs and agricultural products, goods with potential military uses, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.
What documents must you present to customs when exporting from India?
The very first step in the process is to obtain an Importer and Exporter Code, or IEC, from the Indian Directorate General of Foreign Trade. Additionally, the exporter should have completed KYC with centralized KYC cell by providing following documents:
- Commercial Invoice
- Packing List
- Shipping Bill or Customs Declaration
Which Gateway should you use for your shipment?
With the Indian economy currently growing faster than that of any other large nation, predictions of strong growth in ocean freight should come as no surprise.
Plan your shipments from India using the following key seaports located in Kandla, Mundra, Pipavav, Nhava Sheva, Goa, Cochin, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata, and the following dry ports located in Ludhiana, Kanpur, Jaipur, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
India’s airfreight network is extensive, and it’s possible to ship your products from India to absolutely anywhere by air. The major airports in India include Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Cochin, Coimbatore and Indore.
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