Recently the Indian government has started to do something about increasing exports to the country. One step it took was to double the import duty on sugar. This will hopefully improve the fortunes of the domestic supplies and manufacturers of sugar and it's related products, at least the Indian government hopes it will.
Only time will tell if it will work. Fortunately for the billions of Indian shoppers who like to shop and buy stuff online from many internet websites and shops worldwide, especially in the USA and UK, there has been no import duty change. Of course, if you were in India and were to buy sugar from abroad, you would have to pay the increase, but popular consumer goods such as clothing, gadgets and tech have not been affected.
At MyInternationalShopping.com we have listed many shops that will deliver to India, and many will do so for free. If you want to browse through the list of online shopping sites you will see that we have listed each one's delivery details. India comes under Asia, so you can see at a glance an estimate of how long your purchase will take to get to you and how much delivery you will have to pay. If shipping is free we have listed that too, sometimes it is only free.
Can I buy clothes from a US shop with delivery to India?
For example, Chicwish.com, an online women's clothing website from the USA will ship to the Indian continent for free and it will take about 8-12 days to arrive. So if you were to buy a cotton dress, such as their BoHo Lace Love mid sleeve dress which is part of their new collection, for $50 this is how the India import duty and costs might look on your online purchase.
Purchase and India import duty breakdown
Dress -- $50/INR3009.
Duty -- INR309
Landing Charges -- INR30
Countervailing duty -- INR401
CESS -- INR21
Additional countervailing duty -- INR150
Total duty/taxes/fees-- INR906
Total cost of dress -- INR3916
This is $65 US Dollars, so the extra costs relate to an increase on the price of $15 to buy from the USA with shipping it to India. Of course if you are using a mail forwarder or USA address mailbox company the cost could be different. We used the example as a single purchase from the website and sent by them and their shipping company to an address in India.
Buy online Duty Free to India
A quick word on avoiding duty altogether, if you were buying the dress as a gift, or it was marked as a gift and under INR5000 then it is possible that the purchase could be sent to India from America without any duty. You would have to double check the type of product, but a gift under INR5000 being imported into India from anywhere in the world, including USA and UK and you should not have to pay import duty.
Does Amazon ship to India?
Amazon.com has an international website, where you can find all the products they ship from the US, and their other warehouse locations around the world, to other countries. India is one of the countries that Amazon deliver to. The name of this website is AmazonGlobal and they make it very easy to search and browse products that are available in India. This is done by setting your delivery location in the homepage settings.
Can I buy a US laptop or computer and get it delivered to India?
- On AmazonGlobal select your delivery location to India.
- Search for your laptop in the searchbar. Only results that will ship to India will be returned.
Example, using Amazon.
The top result is an Acer Aspire slim laptop, ship from the US to India
Cost is $313.51, shipping $30.99, and estimated delivery will take between 11 and 23 days. The seller is Amazon.com and fulfillment is taken care of by them. Alternative products are sold by third party sellers. It is possible to get your shopping as a gift.
Do you have any experiences of buying from overseas and sending to India, if you do, please comment or leave a shop review, we would love to hear them.