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Old 7th August 2011, 06:56   #46
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@ Shrini : Strange are the ways of the Indian Government!
My understanding is that the MC should not be over three years old (from the time of manufacture) atthe time of import into India. Would be grateful if you could throw some light on this point.
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Never heard anything like this before. Pls do gimme like 2 weeks time & i'd get back to you on this.
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Old 7th August 2011, 17:04   #47
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My understanding is that the MC should not be over three years old (from the time of manufacture) atthe time of import into India. Would be grateful if you could throw some light on this point.
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As per what customs guys told me in January this year, the bike should not be older than 15 years and the NRI should have owned it abroad continuously for a minimum period of 2 years.
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Hi Haroon,
Thinking of importing a HD sportster. I am based in Dammam. I see that you are based in Jedddah. Are you planning to import a buike from KSA to India?
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Old 9th August 2011, 01:50   #49
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Hi Haroon,
Thinking of importing a HD sportster. I am based in Dammam. I see that you are based in Jedddah. Are you planning to import a buike from KSA to India?
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Hi Ashok,

OT- I had temporarily imported my saudi registered BMW R1200GS on a Carnet to do a south india tour without paying customs. After the tour I shipped it back to saudi. It was a fairly simple procedure to clear the bike under carnet, but I must warn you it is far more complicated for permament importation.

If you have a bike that is for example 4-5 years old, then they apply depreciation etc and it may work out a fraction cheaper than buying the HD locally in India, but first wait to hear from shrini78 about how his experience for clearance goes in a few weeks time and then you can decide. Also worthwhile to check with HD dealer in your city in India if they will service privately imported HDs. Ofcourse, thats not a big issue as HDs are fairly simple to work on by a street smart mechanic if you can source the parts if & when required. Anyway lets wait to hear of shrini's experience & then see.
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Hi Shrini,
Thanks for starting this thread.
Any updates ?. How are the things proceeding so far?.
I acquired 1974 Velorex Side car. Plan to bring it to India, so following your thread.
thanks
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I thought I'll write a detailed posting on getting a bike from USA to IND on ToR.

Documents submitted to relocation agent at the time of MC crating
1.Clean Title (in your name)
2. Valid Insurace
3. Valid Bike Registration
4.Motorcycle Bill of Sale
5.Recall letter from H-D (it could be your bike manufacturer)
I had to edit my initial post as there are few information that I missed out.
Spoke to the clearing agent who is going to clear my bike.
Will attach the doc given by him at a later time as I'm not able to get hold of a scanner at my current location.

My clearing agent at Chennai is charging me a sum of 35,000 INR. This includes all the paperwork & "Dummy I.E Code Expenses 6000(Receipt) or 3000(Non-Receipt)"...

Total Rate of Duty for Used M/C @ 133.187%

Nature of Depreciation:
Trade Disc @ 15%
1st Year @ 16%/4 quarters
2nd Year @ 12%/4 quarters
3rd Year @ 10%/4 quarters
4th Year @ 8%/4 quarters
Rest Year Depreciation @ 8%/4 quarters
Maximum Depreciation Allowed Upto 70%

TR person can avail VAT Disc if they paid VAT at time of buying the M/C in their respective country, i.e you get "Trade Disc 15% + VAT Disc 17.5% + Depreciation as per your M/C year"

Persons who are importing from USA cannot avail this as we dont have a VAT system over there.
Example: In my case, I'll get "Trade Disc 15% + Depreciation value 30.5%"
My Depreciation is calculated as 16%+12%+2.5%(1 Quart)

Docs Reqd:
1. Bill of Landing
2. Manf/Dealer Invoice Price
3. Regn Certificate (title)
4. Export Certificate, if available
5. Freight Certificate, if availabe...
(Note: Do get Freight certificate from your shipping line for 100-150USD or esle customs will charge approx. 20% as your freight certificate from your M/C Invoice)
6. Insurance Certificate, if available
7. Passport/Identity Proof with Signature
8. Affidavit (Specimen Provided by us)
9. Authorisation Letter
10. Declaration stating he/she had not availed TR benefits during the past 3 years and accepting the enhanced deduced value (During Assesment)

Conditions:
1. Speedo has to be in KMPH.
(Note: Checked about this with the agent & he says it is fine if the M/C comes from USA as it will have MPH)
2. To avail TR importer should stay abroad continously for 2 years and that the vehicle must be in his possession for not less than one year.

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Old 20th August 2011, 01:45   #52
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Hi Shrini,
Has your bike been cleared as yet? Anxously waiting to see your writeup on this matter.
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Nope,Container arrived few days back...
Still waiting to clear my HG (Home goods) then comes MC...
My bad luck Lorry strike is goin on,so I'm not able to clear & take my personal goods so in turn M/c is also getting delayed
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it's been quite a while I updated this thread.
Due to some personal issue I have not opened my container

(My bad luck All India lorry strike happened,on top of it Port of Chennai had their own strike for few days which left a gigantic backlog of containers during month of August)

I'll be clearing my Home Goods by the end of the week & then comes my bike.

Will keep you guys posted on how it goes for the bike clearance until I get it registered in the state of TN.

Until then i'm attaching a doc given by my clearing agent (breakdown of the fee structure on bike import)
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it's been quite a while I updated this thread.
Due to some personal issue I have not opened my container
Quick question around the condition
Speedometer in KMPH --> how are you planning to manage with your speedometer that would be in MPH
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@Ku69rd
As per the paper you are right, my bike has in MPH and the agent told me it would not be a problem when the bike comes from USA.

As mentioned by me in earlier post, you also you get the following:
TR person can avail VAT Disc if they paid VAT at time of buying the M/C in their respective country, i.e you get "Trade Disc 15% + VAT Disc 17.5% + Depreciation as per your M/C year"

Persons who are importing from USA cannot avail this as we dont have a VAT system over there.
Example: In my case, I'll get "Trade Disc 15% + Depreciation value 30.5%"
My Depreciation is calculated as 16%+12%+2.5%(1 Quart)

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OK folks after some hibernation, this thread is getting rev(ei)ved.
Bike has arrived in a nice shape but it has accumulated lots of dust & dirt due to natural factors & also man made.

Had my 1st check done with customs today.
Crated bike was opened and closed back

Monday having my bike inspected by an E.O. (Examination Officer), After that my file will move to Customs for other procedures, will keep updated every now & then...
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it is beautiful. I like the way bike is harnessed in the crate. also like when people go a long distance to follow their passion... keep posting.

why dust if it was inside the crate and inside a cover? wasn't it covered and crated when it left your house in US?
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Shrini,
Congrats for the proceedings, appears that the bike has landed in good nick and shape. Must appreciate the way it has been crated!!!
Were you able to take delivery of the bike and completed all the formalities. Awaiting the typical Indian question, were you able to compute the total expenses
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@Pachchu:
Remember bike is not crated inside a vacuum for not to accumulate any natural elements like dust/dirt

@Ku69rd:
I've to do inspection, then duty part and then comes delivery & then takin it to a RTO for regn...in short a long way to go..
I crated the bike with all philips screws using power tool.It hardly took some 15mins
Was saddened by the fact that in customs they dont have power tools (all they have is crowbar & hammer) so those buggers carefully broke the crate apart and all I'm now left is the bottom part where my bike is tied down to...
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