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Tightened customs controls delay import of courier shipments

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Postal and courier shipments from abroad and declared as gifts have long been suspected by the authorities of using this method to avoid customs duties and import tax. The investigators are particularly interested in e-commerce platforms from China such as Shein or Alibaba. Deliveries from the fashion provider Shein, for example, were confiscated in recent weeks and not delivered to the recipients. Due to stricter controls, customs clearance of all shipments has been delayed. The locations affected were Bengaluru (Bangalore), Delhi and Hyderabad.



The Association of Indian Export Organizations filed a complaint with the Ministry of Taxation and Finance, which is responsible for customs clearance. They fear that the delays could have a negative impact on the export economy. In a statement, an official of the customs authority admitted that there have been delays due to internal restructuring. In this case, the Express Industry Council handed over customs clearance to Indian customs. After now 10 days with intensified customs controls, the situation at ports, airports and logistics centers has returned to normal, according to a spokesman for Indian Customs. Previously, the authorities checked and opened all shipments from China without exception.

MPR International GmbH – has been accompanying market leaders of numerous industries for many years with their certification projects in Asian markets. Thanks to our efficient working methods and our excellent relations in India, our customers can always meet their deadlines for the start of series production or market launch in India. In addition to certifications, we offer a customs service for India. Sometimes a company needs to import a newly developed product for research or a machine for testing or other purposes to India. Should your product actually require a specific certification for import, you can still, under certain circumstances, import your product into India. We are happy to assist you in the import process and in verifying if your products require certification in India.

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Julian Busch

About the author: Julian Busch is the founder and managing director of MPR International GmbH

Publisher: MPR International GmbH

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