Taking a car to India by NRIs - Car Imports by NRIs - Import Used Car to India

Import of cars by persons returning to India for permanent settlement

(Continued from previous page)

Rules for importing a car to India by Non Resident Indians (NRIs) Individuals returning to India for permanent settlement as well as the following categories may not be subject to the rules discussed for import of a car to India in the previous page under part 1. Categories of importers to whom the previous mentioned rules may not be applicable are: 1. Individuals coming to India for permanent settlement after TWO years continuous stay abroad provided the car has been in their possession for a period of at least one year. 2. Resident Indians presented with a car as an award in any international event, match or competition. 3. Legal heirs, successors of deceased relatives residing abroad. 4. Physically handicapped persons. 5. Companies incorporated in India and having foreign equity participation. 6. Branches and offices of foreign firms. 7. Charitable/Missionary/Religious institutions (Registered as per law) 8. Honorary Consuls of foreign countries on the recommendations of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. 9. Journalists/Correspondents of foreign news agencies having accreditation certificate with the Press information bureau, Ministry of Information and     Broadcasting of the Government of India. All the above categories shall be entitled to import only one vehicle except categories 5 & 6 which shall be entitled to import a maximum of three vehicles. ALL such imports cannot be sold for a period of TWO years from the date of registration in India.

Car Imports by Non Resident Indians - NRIs Planning to take a car to India information

If you are an NRI and toying with the idea of taking a car back to India when you return. Consider the following: 1. Use the services of a customs broker. Paper work in India moves in all directions quickly except forward. Hiring a customs broker at the port of arrival will speed up things and believe it or not save you from a lot of unnecessary hassles. 2. If your wondering whether you can make a profit by selling the car in India, In my opinion you would. There is usually a demand for foreign cars and the upper class in India have loads of money. One thing Indians don't mind paying is status symbols and when it comes to status symbols a foreign car probably is way up on the list. A word of caution here though, imported cars have a time restriction on when you can sell them. However some brokers and dealers bypass the registration step for the two year waiting time. The seller gets his or her money, the buyer gets the car and the registration is done at a later date, needless to say this is not legal but people seem to do it. On the question of whether one should take a car back to India, It would of course have to be a personal decision for all. However as for myself I can only give prospective NRIs advice by expressing a personal opinion that if you plan to resettle in India, it might be prudent to keep a low profile. Unless of course you have lots of money and want to flaunt it. Please Note: The total Customs duty incidence on cars comes to around 181%. The car can only be imported, if you are transferring residence into India and the engine capacity is less than 1600 cc (for new cars), there is no cc limit for old and used cars, in your possession for more than 1 year. Customs duty on used cars is calculated on a depreciated price depending on the age of the vehicle.

Paying of Customs Duty by Foreign Exchange

Indian nationals or foreign nationals of Indian origin returning to India for permanent settlement bringing vehicles to India will have to pay customs duty in foreign exchange or from their bank accounts in India that have funds deposited from abroad, such as NRE or FCNR accounts.

Customs duty on second hand cars in India

An invoice presented by NRIs showing they purchased the car at a discounted price will probably not suffice when it comes to calculation of customs duty in India.  To access duty on second hand cars, depreciation is allowed from the new car price based on how old the car is. The value of a new car is determined by the new car sale invoice or if such a document is not available, then the value of a new vehicle for calculation of customs duty is based on world car catalogs  that are available to customs officers. When you take a second hand car to India, To calculate the customs duty you must pay, the customs officers to determine the value of the second hand car, will allow depreciation based on the age of the car:

Depreciation allowed on used cars for calculation of customs duty

For every quarter during 1st year 4% For every quarter during 2nd year 3% For every quarter during 3rd year 2.5% For every quarter during 4th year and thereafter 2% Maximum Depreciation allowed on Used Cars in India is 70% based on the new car price.
Disclaimer: Information provided is for general knowledge only and should not be deemed to be professional advice. For professional advice kindly consult a professional accountant, immigration advisor or the Indian consulate. Rules and regulations do change from time to time. Please note that in case of any variation between what has been stated on this website and the relevant Act, Rules, Regulations, Policy Statements etc. the latter shall prevail. © Copyright 2006 Nriinformation.com
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Update There is no time restriction on selling the cars taken to India on transfer of residence. The previous restriction has been removed.
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