Q. Will my US TV work in India?
A. If you want to ship TV from USA to India you can buy a TV that is compatible with both NTSC and PAL formats. Several TVs manufactured after 2010 support both NTSC and PAL formats. Check with your manufacturer to be sure. If your TV does not support both NTSC and PAL formats, then you may also buy off the shelf NTSC/PAL converters that are readily available in India. You may also have to buy a step down transformer with the right voltage for your US 110V TV to avoid any damages from the 220V power outlets in India. Most NTSC TVs work in India with a NTSC to Pal converter. Click here for a useful article on how to make US TVs work in India.
Q. Do I have to pay customs duty for my TV in India and if yes how much?
A. Yes, customs duty is applicable when shipping TV as unaccompanied baggage. Duty on TVs is assessed at 36.05% of the invoice value or book value. If you have the receipt for the TV feel free to share it with us so we may present it to customs in India for consideration. For example, if the value of your TV is $600 then the duty will be approx $216. Used TVs may be eligible for depreciation on the duty assessed depending upon the age of the TV and if you are eligibile for Transfer of Residence.
Q. Do I have to be physically present during customs inspection in India?
A. In most cases, you are not required to be present. Feel free to call us so we may guide you on eligibility and required documentation.
Q. What is Transfer or Residence or TR? How do I know if I am eligible for TR?
A. You must satisfy the below requirements to be eligible for TR when shipping TV from USA to India:
(1) You must have a minimum stay of 2 years abroad, preceding the date of your arrival on TR.
(2) Your total stay in India on short visits during the 2 preceding years must not exceed 6 months.
(3) You must not have not availed TR in the preceding 3 years.
(4) You must hold an Indian Passport or Foreign passport with OCI status.