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What Can I Send to India?

With the increase in reputable couriers such as DHL, UPS and DPD, the process of sending a parcel anywhere in the world has become so much easier. If you book your parcel to India with Worldwide Parcel Services, you can even benefit from low prices and quick turnarounds!

However, if you are planning to send a parcel to India, the added distance means that there are additional rules that must be taken into consideration. Read on to find out what you can and can't send to India.

Sending a Parcel to India

Sending a Parcel to India

As more and more people move to and from India, the demand to keep in touch with friends and family back home has increased. If you are looking to send a parcel to India, it is crucial that you take the time to ensure that your goods can be sent, and that you take precautions to ensure your goods arrive at their destination without damage or getting held up at the border.

Before sending your parcel to India, you should:

  • Be aware that the recipient may be required to pay customs duties or taxes depending on the type and value of items sent
  • Some items have a restricted amount that can be sent, make sure you do your research to stop your goods being stopped by customs
  • Take care completing customs documentation to ensure it is accurate
  • Pack your parcel well using strong boxes and bubble wrap to keep your items safe during its long journey
What Can I Send in a Parcel to India?

What Can I Send in a Parcel to India?

India has the second fasted growing economy in the world, and the growing market and movement of people between the UK and India means that it is not surprising that the number of parcels being sent between the two is increasing.

See below a list of items that you CAN send to India:

  • Artwork including collectibles
  • Clothing and accessories
  • Mail, personal pictures, and gifts
  • Music instruments

Some food can also be sent to India if it meets the following restrictions:

  • Food must be in the original manufacturer's packaging
  • Food label must list all ingredients
  • Food must have a shelf life of more than 6 months from the date of shipping
  • Packaging must be sealed and not tampered with in any way

Indian Customs

Importing into India can be tricky as their customs laws are strict and imports can get caught up with bureaucratic delays. To avoid any issues at the border, it is absolutely crucial that you ensure all documents are filled out correctly. Sending a parcel that does contain prohibited items or restricted items without meeting the requirements can risk the goods being seized, fines, and potential imprisonment.

Before getting your parcel ready to send, you need to confirm that the goods you are looking to ship are not entirely prohibited or subject to strict restrictions. You can find out more about what goods are prohibited or restricted with DHL’s handy guide found here.

What Can I Not Send to India?

The Indian government is very strict over what can and cannot be sent across their border, to protect their residents, way of life, and natural environment. There are also some extra, perhaps unexpected items that are prohibited by customs.

Example items that you cannot send to India include:

  • Advertising brochures, pamphlets and catalogues
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Some fabrics and fabric samples
  • Most electronic devices
  • Jewellery containing precious metals or stones

Before Sending a Parcel to India

To conclude, many everyday items and gifts can be easily sent to India through our range of couriers, however, Indian customs do take steps to keep any items out that are potentially harmful. Before packaging any parcel to send to India, make sure that what you are planning to send is not prohibited by customs. You can read the DHL’s guide to goods that are prohibited by Indian customs here.

When you’re ready to send your parcel to India, be sure to compare prices for renowned couriers with Worldwide Parcel Services! When you book with us, you can benefit from full international tracking all the way to the parcel’s destination in India, and £100 free cover as standard. Get in touch to get a quote for your Parcel to India.

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