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Old 01-18-2020, 06:35 PM   #1
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I am a recently retired "British Indian" with a UK passport and OCI card.

I am planning to get a new LG UBK 90 4K BD player to India. This costs 179 in the UK but around Rs 40,000 in India. If I declare it upon arrival and show the receipt, is it within my Indian customs allowance?
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It is the UK value that should matter because the 40K Indian price would be inclusive of customs duty. So it should be well within your allowance.
Also, if you are a British Indian, you can say that you are just carrying your own player for watching movies while in India.
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Also, if you are a British Indian, you can say that you are just carrying your own player for watching movies while in India.
Regardless of its value, to avoid hassles, this is the best way to go about it. Ofcourse if you are carrying a new player, get rid of the box and all the packaging.
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I'd suggest to keep the box for safety. I keep my player/PC boxes even to store them if I am going on a long (month or more) trip and not going to be using for a while.
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Regardless of its value, to avoid hassles, this is the best way to go about it. Of course if you are carrying a new player, get rid of the box and all the packaging.
If I am going to declare it and show the receipt, why get rid of the box? We have already pre-paid for one additional check-in bag each to BA and so we shoud be well within the weight limit. Even within the box the BD player does not weigh much.
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If I am going to declare it and show the receipt, why get rid of the box?
Not if you're going to declare it as a newly purchased item. Actually if you are a British Indian residing there, I'm not sure why you may have to pay any duty for goods purchased in the UK (unless you're not going back there again). As I understand, duty is for when the resident citizen of a country (like India) imports an item from another country (like the UK). NRI's I know have carried in far more expensive items like high end cameras and lenses and never had to pay duty.
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Thanks. I have a valid British passport and a return ticket after 3 months. Since you mention cameras, I have carried nearly 10,000 worth of my own cameras and lenses in the past without quibble; brought them back to the UK, of course.
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^And it's not like the airport customs keep track of what items you brought inside a country and whether you are taking them back when you go out. The only thing that raises flags is if you bring in a large number of copies of an item, which makes it look like you intend to sell them.
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My relative bought mine (panasonic) packed in brief case with cloths. just player, remote, manuals. not the box. Faced no problem
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