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Old 16th June 2011, 22:52   #31
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EDIT: soryy @swiftnfurious, i really meant to qoute @Games Goblin, not your post.
Thats fine Dicky. We are all here to share info.

And there is a correction in my post. For a TR based import, the person needs to own it only for 1 year abroad and not 2 years as I mentioned. Also once you import, you cant change the ownership for next 2 years.

I was reading some other threads too which have similar information.
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The above is applicable only for importing without paying any taxes(or is it 10%?)
So TR imports are tax free?


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By paying 103% tax,duty you can import any car as long as it meets the minimum price tag and engine size criteria fixed by the govt.
EDIT: soryy @swiftnfurious, i really meant to qoute @Games Goblin, not your post.
Dicky, so by paying the 103%, normal citizens like us can import? What is the minimum price tag and engine size criteria? Is there any restrictions on the age of the car which can be imported?
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How does one ensure a Japanese import is not a Tsunami affected one? One submerged, drowned in muck and filth then salvaged and cleaned?

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So TR imports are tax free?
Dicky, so by paying the 103%, normal citizens like us can import? What is the minimum price tag and engine size criteria? Is there any restrictions on the age of the car which can be imported?
103% plus other taxes and so. Varies with different criteria.
If it's new cars you are looking at then the engine capacity should not be under 2500cc and cost under 40,000$, if not it has to be certified by ARAI.
Regarding second hand cars, it should be at maximum 3 years old and be roadworthy for 5 years including assurance that service and spare parts will be taken car of. Also the controls should be RHD configuration.
Any recent changes or other specifics have to be asked to he gurus.
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103% plus other taxes and so. Varies with different criteria.
If it's new cars you are looking at then the engine capacity should not be under 2500cc and cost under 40,000$, if not it has to be certified by ARAI.
Regarding second hand cars, it should be at maximum 3 years old and be roadworthy for 5 years including assurance that service and spare parts will be taken car of. Also the controls should be RHD configuration.
Any recent changes or other specifics have to be asked to he gurus.
Whoa!! If the car should be less than 3 years old, the cost of the car + 103% on the sticker price of the car+shipping+bribes+whatnot means our back will be broken! Wonder why they bother to allow us to import cars anyway, when the laws clearly give no hope to us normal folk to import a rare car from abroad..
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Hi all, has anyone considered importing used Australian cruisers running on Gas / Petrol or Diesel? I am talking about the BJ40s or the 70 series vehicles. Would highly appreciate a feedback and procedure + customs issues and associated costs. What is and is not considered as a classic import in India
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Hi all, has anyone considered importing used Australian cruisers running on Gas / Petrol or Diesel?
You won't be able to.

Here's a summary I'd prepared a couple of years back. However, this was a work-in-progress and I can't guarantee that the information is up to date (though the fundamentals should be the same). Pasting below:

The basics:

• The car has to be a right-hand-drive. Left-hand drive automobiles are prohibited from entering the country (except for consulates and some other special categories).
• The Indian Government has entirely banned individuals importing cars whose engine capacity ranges from 1000 - 2500 cc.
• New Cars can be imported via the customs port at Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai.
• Used cars can be imported from the Mumbai port only. Also, the used car cannot be older than three years (from the date of manufacture). The Exim policy of 2001 lifted quantitative restrictions on importing used cars.

On customs duty:

• The ex-factory price is used for calculating customs duty.
• The customs duty is a standard 102.16% on new cars
• The customs duty is pegged at 159.87% on used cars.
• To view the depreciation table of used cars, click here : Linky.
• Completed knocked down cars attract a customs duty of anywhere between 38 to 48%.
• Under the EPCG scheme, hotels / hospitality establishments are subject to minimal duty / taxes. However, they are subject to certain foreign exchange requirements.
• If you import from Europe, you will get a refund of the VAT (value added tax).

On transfer of residence:

• The most popular way of importing a car to India is via the “Transfer of residence” clause, where any Indian (settled abroad) who is relocating to India can get his car along. He should have owned the car for atleast 12 months in the foreign country. Upon import, the car cannot be sold for 2 years (from the date of import).
• The NRI importing the car should have lived overseas for atleast a 2 year duration.
• The payment for the car should have been made abroad.
• The car must be imported within 6 months of the NRIs arrival into India.
• Under this scheme, the customs duty must be paid in foreign exchange. If a handicapped person is importing the car, then the customs duty may be paid in Indian rupees. Official permission is required before selling the car in India.

On who can import

• Any individual can import a car whose value is more than USD 40000. There are no restrictions on the imports of these cars. So as most of the exotics are above that value, they can be imported freely and not necessarily on T.R.
• Foreign nationals (including persons of Indian origin) married to Indian nationals. The methodology adopted by Customs authorities in assessing duty on a motor vehicle is based on the ex-factory price on the date of original purchase. Adjustments are made for:

1) Foreign nationals working in India.
2) Branch/Offices of foreign firms, Companies and institutions established in India.
3) Companies incorporated in India having foreign/NRI equity
4) Accredited Journalists/Correspondents of foreign news agencies.
5) Indian firms executing contracts abroad.
6) Charitable and Missionary Institutions.
7) Physically handicapped persons.
8) Honorary Consuls of Foreign Governments.

On paperwork and documentation required:

• Cars costing more than $40,000 do NOT have to undergo homologation from the ARAI. If the cars value is less than $40,000, the vehicle has to be submitted for testing to the VRDE (Vehicle Research and Development Establishment), Ahmednagar, of the Ministry of Defence or the ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India), Pune or the Central Farm and Machinery Training and Testing Institute, Madhya Pradesh or any other notified testing agency by the Government.
• The importing agency is expected, at the time of importation, to submit a certificate issued by a testing agency (notified by the Central Government) that the second hand vehicle being imported has been tested immediately before shipment and that the vehicle conforms to all the regulations specified in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
• The second hand or used vehicle imported into India should have a minimum roadworthiness for a period of 5 years from the date of importation into India with assurance for providing service facilities within the country during the five year period. For this purpose, the importer shall, at the time of importation, submit a declaration indicating the period of roadworthiness in respect of every individual vehicle being imported, supported by a certificate issued by any of the testing agencies, which the Central Government may notify in this regard.

Miscellany:

• What’s listed above is what the rules say. Please don’t state that you saw a LHD (or something similar) since these rules are broken consistently. Bribing is rampant and some of the rules you read above may have been bypassed (unfortunately).
• Beware of dealer rackets. There have been several well-documented cases of an imported car dealer manipulating the import documentation. In case the long arms of law catch up, it is the owner (and not the dealer) who is liable to pay duties, taxes and fines.
• The rebadging racket is rampant in order to qualify for lower custom duties. For e.g. a BMW M5 may be rebadged to a BMW 525 and thus show a lower invoice price.
• It’s best to hire the services of a competent and reputable clearing agent who is well familiar with the process of importing a car. This can save you a lot of running around and headaches.
• Since the customs duty on spare parts or completely knocked down kits is significantly lower, it is not uncommon for an importer to strip a car (of seats, headlights, tyres etc) and document it as a CKD.

Official websites:

• http://www.dgftmumbai.nic.in/
• http://www.mumbaicustoms.gov.in/
• http://www.indian-embassy.dk/Pages/i...20of%20car.htm
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The duty for the car can be paid in Indian rupees.
Below 3000 cc the duty is around 120% of the value assessed by a vehicle surveyor and around 220% if above 3000 cc
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@GTO, Thanks for the highly comprehensive note.

Few points below, I have added my note to your comments.

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The basics:

• The car has to be a right-hand-drive. Left-hand drive automobiles are prohibited from entering the country (except for consulates and some other special categories). From Australia the car is RHD
• The Indian Government has entirely banned individuals importing cars whose engine capacity ranges from 1000 - 2500 cc. Why would they even bother allowing us to import anything. The diesel engines are 4.2Ltrs. The petrols are 4.0 or 4500
• New Cars can be imported via the customs port at Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai.
• Used cars can be imported from the Mumbai port only. Also, the used car cannot be older than three years (from the date of manufacture). The Exim policy of 2001 lifted quantitative restrictions on importing used cars -
Has anyone attempted on importing toyota classics? Like the FJ/BJ 40? Would a classic import be treated differently? LHD allowed?
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