As the world's most populous democracy and the seventh-largest country by area on the planet, India is a true jewel in South Asia's crown.
With languages ranging from Hindi to Punjabi and English to Urdu spoken on the streets, India is one of the world's most diverse nations. Tourists flock to iconic sights like the Taj Mahal in Agra and metropolises like New Delhi and Mumbai, while famous rivers like the Ganges and the Brahmaputra swirl through the country and provide habitats for a wide range of creatures.
Aside from its natural beauty, India is also a popular international business hub and many British firms have offices, call centres or support networks in the country. The UK exported services worth over £2 billion to India in 2014 alone, and also sent goods worth over £6 billion. India's third largest investor is Britain, meaning that our ties to this South Asian powerhouse are strong.
Perhaps you're looking to send supplies or equipment to your Indian office. Or maybe you want to treat loved ones who are working out there with some much-missed items from home. Whatever you're sending, ParcelBroker has got you covered.
Do I need to deal with customs when sending from the UK to India?
Yes. You are required to fill out a customs document, which itemises the packages and lists the total value. This is so the customs authority can work out what taxes you must hand over.
Sending mobile phones into India requires extra dealings with customs. You need to display the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number clearly on the side of the package to ensure a smooth passage through the system.
For medicines, you will need to get a No Objection Certificate from the country's Assistant Drug Controller and make sure you place the drug's scientific name on any documents sent to Indian customs - not the brand name.
How much does it cost to send a parcel from the UK to India?
Courier fees start low, but customs fees can add up. The fee is calculated based on a number of factors, including the type of product and the reason you are exporting it. If you are sending goods to India for resale, you may have to pay extra fees.
How should I address my parcel for delivery to India?
Write the person's name and street address as you would in Britain. Then add the town, city or locality in capital letters followed by the numerical postal code, both on the same line. Add "INDIA" (in capital letters) on the final line.
|Parcel Weight||Post and mail||ParcelBroker||Savings|
|5kg||£98.80||£38.97||£59.83 Save 61%|
|£123.83 Save 76%|
|£201.93 Save 80%|
What items can I send to India?
The list of items permitted through customs into India is similar to the list in most countries, so you should not have many problems. As well as those outlined above, beware of restrictions on some products such as second-hand goods. There is also a ban on ivory.
You can send food, but it must be in the original packaging from the manufacturer and have a shelf life of more than six months from the day you shipped it.