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What are the import procedures when importing a car into India?

By Raktim on Jul 16, 2008

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  • Expert The total Customs duty incidence on cars comes to around 181%. The car can only be imported, if you are transferring residence into India and the engine capacity is less than 1600 cc (for new cars), there is no cc limit for old and used cars, in your possession for more than 1 year No import licence required for importing cars and other vehicles into India.
    1. The importer should have been continuously stayed in abroad for a period of two years before coming to India for permanent settlement.
    2. The payment for the car is made abroad.
    3. The car should have been in use for atleast one year prior to importer's return to India.
    4. The car should be imported within six months of the arrival of importer in India.
    5. The custom duty should be paid in foreign exchange 6. The importer is free to sell this car in the open market after his return to India without any restrictions about the period of retention of the vehicle.
    7. The importer can import another vehicle only after five years, if he moves out of India 8. The duty on import by a handicapped persons can be paid in rupees and the vehicle in this case cannot be sold at any time without the permission of the government.
    9. Import of spares up to a value of Rs.20,000.00 for each imported vehicle is allowed with a license.
    10. The import duty is charged on the basis of list price prevailing.
    However, trade discount and depreciation on the value are deducted from the price list but freight from the country of manufacture and insurance charges are added.The landing charges are further added to arrive at the final assessable value.
    General guidelines for importing a new or used car to India

    The import of vehicles shall be subject to the following guidelines of the Government of India:

    1. (I) A new imported vehicle shall mean a vehicle that: -

    (a) has not been manufactured/assembled in India; and
    (b) has not been sold, leased or loaned prior to importation into India; or
    (c) has not been registered for use in any country according to the laws of that country, prior to importation into India.

    (II) The import of new vehicles shall be subject to the following conditions:

    (a) The new vehicle shall-

    (i) have a speedometer indicating the speed in km / h;
    (ii) have right hand steering, and controls (applicable on vehicles other than two and three wheelers);
    (iii) have photometry of the headlamps to suit "keep-left" traffic; and
    (iv) be imported from the country of manufacture.

    (b) In addition, the new vehicle shall conform to the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and the rules made thereunder, as applicable, on the date of import.

    (c) The import of new vehicles shall be permitted only through the Customs port at Nhava Sheva (Mumbai), Calcutta and Chennai.

    2. (I) A second hand or used vehicle shall mean a vehicle that :-

    (a) has been sold, leased or loaned prior to importation into India; or
    (b) has been registered for use in any country according to the laws of that country, prior to importation into India;

    (II). The import of second had or used vehicles shall be subject to the following conditions:-

    (a) The second hand or used vehicle shall not be older than three years from the date of manufacture;
    (b) The second hand or used vehicle shall:

    (i) have right hand steering, and controls (applicable on vehicles other than two and three wheelers);
    (ii) have a speedometer indicating the speed km / h; and
    (iii) have photometry of the headlamps to suit "keep left" traffic.

    (c) In addition, the second hand or used vehicle shall conform to the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 and the rules made thereunder, as applicable, on the date of import.

    (d) Import of second hand vehicles shall be allowed only through the customs port at Mumbai.

    (e) The second hand or used vehicles 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.

    (f) The vehicle has to be submitted for testing to Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, of the Ministry of Defence or the Automotive Research Association of India, Pune or the Central Farm and Machinery Training and Testing Institute, Budni, Madhya Pradesh, and such other agencies as may be specified by the Central Government, for granting a certificate by that agency as to the compliance of the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and any rules made thereunder.

    Answer by Shiva Shankar on Jul 16, 2008

  • this is very useful for bringing your used car to india if you are planning to do so in future.
    Answer by Ramabadran Seshadri Iyengar on Jul 17, 2008

  • Dear Sir, I stayin in kuwait, and i have my own optra2007 model car frm chevelot, i want to brng to delhi and i bought it frm showroom and have paid installments in kwi and now car is free frm ficance compy, can you please tell me the prod and how money will it take to bring in delhi(india). waiting fr your prompt reply, thanks, vikas
    Answer by Vikas Mehta on Feb 19, 2011

  • dear . I am in Pakistan and I want to import.used nano car from India so pleas tell me method and duties
    Answer by Sheikh G on Feb 15, 2014

  • sheikh g importing a car is a costly process...coz the amount u use to import that car will be almost equal to the amount that u can use to buy a new car like santro or i10 or a brio in ur own country......
    Answer by Deepanshu on Apr 30, 2014

  • i'm student of automobile college . i"m working on a project so want buy a car{without engine} on ebay.com so what will be the custom duty? plz repley on my email{pateljaynil007@gmail.com}
    Answer by Jaynil on May 22, 2016

  • I am indian i want to buy toyota supra fron japan so pls inform me what should i do
    Answer by Amardeep on Jul 9, 2016

  • I am planning to restore a 1970 dodge challenger. So I want to import its body from USA. It cost 5500$. So can u say what all are the procedures behind this. and what amount tax.
    Answer by Sayyid Junaid on Aug 10, 2016

  • I am planing to import a used car from GCC .so I want to know about it, & how about registration also
    Answer by Thafseer on Nov 22, 2016

  • I am a student and i have a project to konw about import & export processing of indian company
    Answer by AMANPARMAR on Feb 15, 2017

  • Sir,
    I have Search a toyota vehicle from japan,
    i want to buy it from japan to india,
    the vehicle is about 5 years old.
    shall you tell me the best procedure to buy this vehicle in india
    Answer by Rohit Chaskar on Mar 8, 2017

  • We are looking for clearing agent in mumbai and chennai to clear import of Cars My cell No is 877 996 7110 Thanks Bharat
    Answer by Bharat on May 10, 2018

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    Answer by MATHEW on Sep 13, 2018

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