Guide : Indian Airport Customs Duty on LCD/LED Televisions 2018

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Everything you need to know about Customs Duty on LCD / LED TV in Indian airports. Includes answers to frequently asked questions and regulations for 2018.

One of the most repeated questions on our website is regarding customs duty on carrying LCD/LED televisions as baggage to India.

The main issue with this subject is that there are conflicting reports on different websites. Some websites are outdated, while some are providing wrong info.

Sadly, even the official website of Indian Customs doesn’t have easy-to-understand answers for these questions.

In this article we are trying to answer most of the frequently asked questions, based on official resources, interviews with Customs Officers and recent experiences of our readers. Hope that would be helpful to all Indian expatriates.


Frequently Asked Questions


1. I am carrying a 21 inch LCD TV to India. Do I have to pay duty ?

Yes, you have to pay duty on all flat panel televisions (LCD, LED, Plasma etc).

2. Isn’t it covered under the Rs 50,000 Duty Free Allowance?

No, Duty Free Allowance of Rs 50,000 is not applicable to flat panel televisions since 26 August 2013.

3. But I heard that TV under 32 inch doesn’t have duty. Isn’t it?

No, that’s one of the wrong rumours on the internet. Customs Duty is applicable to flat panel televisions of ALL SIZES.

4. So how much do I have to pay as duty?

You have to pay 36.05% on the value. (Customs Duty @ 35% + an education cess of 3% = Effective total 36.05%).

5. But I read that the Central Government has reduced import duty on TV?

This is yet another wrong information on some websites.

It is indeed true that 2015-16 budget had reduced and exempted Basic Customs Duty on specified parts of LCD/LED panels for TVs.

Many newspapers and online websites misquoted this as reduction on Customs Duty of LCD/LED television sets. Unfortunately, this is not true.

The reduction is only applicable for manufacturers who import such parts for assembling in India.

All flat panel TVs are subject to 36.05% duty, irrespective of their screen size. To confirm this, we have checked Duty Receipts from recent travellers and all of them show 36.05%.

6. The 36.05% is calculated on my cost price or market price in India?

The guideline for Customs Officers say that the duty is 36.05% on “assessed value”.

The value will be assessed on arrival, based on parameters such as make, model, condition of the TV- whether new or old etc.

To help in assessment, Customs Officers have an internal database with popular TV models and their prices. (Scroll down for an available database).

7. But my friend paid only 20% when he took a 40 inch TV last month. How is that possible?

Your friend is not wrong when he says 20%, and we are also not wrong when we say 36.05%.

The assessed value depends on the Officer’s judgement. Some Officers are strict and stick to the customs database, while some are flexible and may record a lower assessment value.

For example, you may have bought a 42″ LED TV for AED 2,500 (Rs 45,000) but the Officer may assess the value to be Rs 25,000. In this case you have to pay only Rs 9013 as duty.

The Duty Receipt would show that assessed value is Rs 25,000 and you paid 36.05% of the value. In reality you have paid only 20% of the cost price. This is why most people feel they paid less than 20%.

Unfortunately, still there are few Officers who ask for a sum of money without any calculation or receipt. You feel happy as that amount is lower than what you thought. But the truth is that since there is no receipt, you end up paying a bribe.

8. Do I have to carry original bill / invoice ?

Assessed value is not solely dependent on cost price of the product. Producing a purchase bill/invoice will help the Customs Officer in assessment.

However it is not mandatory for the Officer to charge you based on the bill. He can use the Customs database and his personal judgement in assessing the value.

9. What if I bought the TV on discount offer? Can I get the assessment done on same price?

Here also it is not mandatory for the Officer to charge you based on the bill. He can use the customs database and his personal judgement in assessing the value.

10. Can I get discount on used TV?

For older and used TV sets, traveller can request for depreciation. This is usually granted based on the number of years used. The assessed value will be lower for older TVs.

11. Do I have to pay duty even if I am cancelling my visa or I am terminated from work?

There are special allowances for professional returning to India after completing a contract (You can read it here). However flat panel televisions are not included in such allowances.

12. Do I have to declare it on the Customs Declaration Form?

Yes, the new Customs Declaration Form has an additional field to declare any flat panel television you are carrying. You have to mention it there and show to the Customs Officers and pay the duty before leaving.

13. Do I have to pay the duty in Indian Rupees or Foreign Currency?

The assessment and invoicing is usually done in Indian Rupees. However, you can pay in foreign currency as most currencies are accepted in all Indian airports.

14. What other points should I consider before taking the TV to India?

Check the maximum baggage dimension for your flight, particularly if you are carrying 50 inches or bigger. The airlines website should have the maximum dimension per box. Pay attention to the weight per piece also.

At check-in counter, mention that you have a TV in baggage. Airline official will label it as ‘Fragile’ and pass through special conveyor belt.

15. Where can I see the Customs database with prices of TV models ?

The database with prices of TV models is not usually published for public view.

However we have found online photographs and few documents with official stamp and they all seem to have same values. Given below is a chart based on the available documents.

We also conducted question-answer sessions with recent travellers to confirm these values.

However, please note that this chart is only a general guide for your information only. The assessment is solely based on Customs Officer’s judgement.

Indian Customs Duty on LCD/LED TV

Indian Customs Duty on LCD/LED TV

NOTES

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  • For sizes bigger than 40 inches and for models not listed here, assessment will be at the Customs Officers’ judgement.
  • The values in the chart might have changed recently and we cannot confirm these would be the actual customs duty you pay.
  • NRICafe.com is in no way responsible for claims in respect to the actual duty paid.

All information in this article are compiled by NRICafe Team based on available resources, interviews with Customs Officers and recent experiences of our readers. Our special thanks to all persons who supported in compiling these data.

Related : Customs Duty on Gold  Duty Free Allowances Guide

Published on 23 February 2016 - Updated on 8 April 2018 - By Aneesh V / NRICafe.com

757 Comments

  1. For all those who want to carry a TV have this noted, my personal experience in carrying one. These days, you can’t escape without paying the duty fee by giving some money on hand (things changed post videos of some airport officials getting bribe to escape customs circulated in news and such, as these days recording the happenings in airport became common cos of mobile phones and social media)

    1. As soon you land and seen with a TV, you will be moved to a separate line to pay customs

    2. Your passport will be collected by the officer while he/she hands you the bill to be paid in near by government bank ( all airports will have a government bank counter for customs fees payment )

    3. Once paid and showing the receipt to the custom officer, your passport will be returned and you will be free to walk outside the airport via the channel

    4. There will be an officer at airport leaving area to cross check if your walking with the receipt ( if seen with a TV)

    5. No cards are accepted for payments ( in my case Chennai ), only local Indian currency will be accepted ( so better have Indian currency, or ask your relatives who comes to pick you up have some, you might walk out get the cash from them for easy payment )

    6. All TV’s will be charged for like 36% of total price as duty fee

    7. It doesn’t matter if you have bill / receipt, they decide tax on total TV price in Indian market

    8. Say you bought a 50 inch Samsung UHD TV for 700$ and have a receipt in hand, it doesn’t matter, the same TV price like 2 lakhs in India ( so the duty fee will be around minimum 60K Indian rupees )

    9. It depends on your talk and making the officer to come down in price a bit ( can’t confirm it will happen in all cases, as you need to spend time in talking for long, while there will be a huge queue behind you waiting for their chance )

    10. You can reduce the price, if your lucky enough in making them believe it’s an old TV (chances are there for them to open and see), not much money in hand (bargain should be reasonable), Visa status plays a role as well (say your visa is over and your returning to India for good, and didn’t wanted to sell the TV in other country for too low amount)

    Note: I paid 14K, for 50 inch Samsung TV ( not mentioning the model and usage as you can understand what i would have said and made them believe )

    That 14k was asked to be paid considering my TV value as 35K in India . Good luck

    Consider there will be at-least 40 mins to 1 hour time spent if you trying to bargain.

  2. I wish to carry computer monitor cost Aed 625/- to india for the educational purpose of my son. How much duty pay at calicut airport as duty ?

  3. I have a 40 inch TV which weighs 18kg. It is a Samsung brand and LCD. The model number is LA40B530P7R. It is 5 years old.
    How much customer duty can I get?

  4. I am planning to buy led tv 43 inch 4K Samsung from Egypt the bill amount is 8500 Egp.pound = INR.araund 34000 how much I have to pay custom duty air port

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