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|11th December 2005, 02:01||#16|
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
I think i am just gonna bring one and get my sis to bring the other.
On the other hand...
coz firstly, check in bags literally get thrown around,
and secondly, chances are your bag WILL get opened (if not lost) and there usually isnt a way of proving what you had in there if it is missing!
Heres the config i picked up if anyone is interested > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN%3AIT&rd=1
Good deal ?
Thanks again for your help,
|12th December 2005, 19:03||#18|
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Bombay custom officials are notorious for harrassing people. Once they grilled me half an hour for a mere £60 DVD Writer. They couldn't even understand what a DVD Writer is!!! Bombay has the toughest customs, closely followed by Delhi and Calcutta is the easiest (they rarely ask any question - other intl' airports, I've not visited )
You can carry one laptop without any problem nowadays.
To carry a second laptop, your best bet will be handing it over to a friend/co-passenger (who is not already carrying a laptop) and he should claim it for him.
Also, if you can show them that you are coming back to USA, (your visa validity and return air ticket should do) you should face no problem.
Most of time you can get away with $10-$15 bribe. But if your luck is bad (some high ranking official is doing the check) you may end up paying full duty! One of my friends has caught in such situation and had to pay Rs 17,000 for his £400 camcorder.
Officially, if you're carrying something from India, you can ask for custom entry clearence form in counter. But often custom officials are lazy giving it (once they declared the item on back of my air ticket!) Sometimes they demand money even for providing such form.
|13th December 2005, 11:39||#19|
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i've done this for the last 3 years without a problem. I am lazy and hate carrying anything on the plane.
|13th December 2005, 15:00||#20|
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|8th February 2010, 18:39||#21|
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2nd Laptop process is simple.
1. If u r returning from Abroad - carrying a personal Laptop which u will take back and A new laptop which u will give to ur friend in India.
- At India customs, ask teh cust officer to endorse in ur passport abt ur personal laptop which u will 'export' from India when u leave India. Then NO duty is payable on new laptop.
I have done the 2nd case wout any problems & Mumbai customs is Most helpful in guiding u while Bangalore is Notorius in misguiding u.
2. If u r leaving India for work & carrying office laptop & intend to bring a new personal laptop on ur return - Ask Customs officer at India departure to make an export cert for ur office laptop. Now ehn u return with ur New Laptop + Office laptop, just show the export cert to customs & walk duty free with ur both laptops.
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|9th February 2010, 18:46||#23|
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i went to India in April 2009 carrying two laptops. No problem carrying them. not even asked by officers. I landed at AMD, Gujarat. I was guided towards Green channel, which is for those who don't have to declare any custom goods and bags were scanned without any problems. I bought one laptop back and kept one back in India. I was helped by a policeman there, he kept the guy at scanning station busy in talks so that all my bags pass through without any problems. Gave him $5 gratuity for making my checkout process smooth.
My friend went to AMD on Jan 3rd 2010. He too carried 2 laptops. No problem for him too. He brought one laptop back and sold one in India.
Not sure about other airports, but officers and custom clearance are quite easy at AMD and i am planning to take 2 more in Dec 2010. hope this time there is no problems.
Hope this helps
Just my 2 cents.
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|10th February 2010, 06:28||#24|
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From personal experience as well as that of friends and colleagues, Mumbai customs dont bother much about 2 laptops as well.
Just incase they do (which I doubt they do in 80-90% of the cases), keep a letter from your company handy stating that one of the laptops (with serial number) is an asset of the company.
I have talked to a guy who had brought 2 laptops (1 personal, 1 official) + 1 small netbook as a gift for someone too.
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