New customs baggage rules for arriving passengers

interICinsiAccording to new rules in the Customs Baggage Declaration Amendment Regulations, 2015, announced by the Finance Ministry, passengers flying to India will now have to declare Indian currency exceeding Rs.25,000 and LCD, LED or Plasma TVs, in the new customs declaration forms.

The duty free allowance on cigarettes, cigars, and tobacco has been reduced by 50 percent, plus, NRIs and foreigners age over 10, living in India and arriving from a country other than China, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar, can now bring goods worth Rs.45,000 with them. Earlier the limit was Rs.35,000.

Passengers will also need to mention any meats or meat products, fish, dairy and poultry products, seeds, plants, fruits, flowers, other agricultural material, and aggregate value of foreign exchange including currency exceeding $10,000 or equivalent in the existing customs forms. Passengers must also report to the ‘Red Channel’ to pay duty if they are carrying any of these items.