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8. Importing Gold To India | Customs duty on gold jewelery taken to India . . .
Question: I want to find out how much gold(gold bars) can we carry to India without having to pay anything at the customs?
Answer: There is no such thing as zero duty on gold taken to India by a passenger. The
only duty free allowance that is allowed is on gold ornaments and is limited to Rupees
10,000 for men and Rupees 20,000 for women.
Passengers can take gold to India provided they declare and pay the applicable customs
duty in India. Up to 10 Kilograms of gold per passenger can be imported to India
provided the period of stay abroad has been at least six months. (Note: the 10 kilogram
amount has now been reduced to 1 kilogram, see update below)
There are also provisions where passengers can pay for the gold abroad and collect the
gold from bonded warehouses of the State Bank of India. This eliminates the need to
personally carry gold while traveling. State Bank of India has branches in many cities
The customs duty on gold imported to India is Rupees 250 per 10 grams of gold.
(Previously I think duty was Rupees 400 for 10 grams and was reduced to Rupees 250 in
the year 2001) - Has been changed, see the updated information on this page:
The price of gold in India is competitive to world gold prices so do your homework before
deciding to import gold to India.
On April 20, 2007 I purchased some jewelry items in New Delhi from a store in Connaught
Place. The rate they charged me for gold was calculated at Rupees 8700 for 10 grams of
22 carat gold.
Update April 24, 2012
Import of Gold to India by passenger as
part of baggage.
Previously, the customs duty structure on gold imported as baggage by persons of Indian
Gold bars, other than tola bars, bearing manufacturers or refiners engraved serial
number and weight expressed in metric units and gold coins - Rs. 300 per 10
grams. + 3% Educational. Cess
Gold in any form other than what is listed in number 1 above including tola bars and
ornaments, but excluding ornaments studded with stones or pearls - Rs. 750 per 10
grams. + 3% Educational. Cess*(see update on right side)
Earlier this year, The government of India changed the customs duty structure on gold
imported to India from the specific to value linked.
The customs duty on gold was fixed at 2% of value. (For example, instead of the Rs. 300
per 10 grams fixed rate earlier, customs duty was to be calculated as a percentage of
Update: Customs duty on gold taken to India increases in 2013:
Jan 2013, up from 4 percent to 6 percent
June 2013, up from 6 percent to 8 percent
August 2013, up from 8 percent to 10 percent of the gold value.
A 3% cess charge on top of the 10% gold customs duty should also be taken
There are reports that the maximum amount of gold a passenger can now take to India is
limited to one kilogram of gold. Carrying over 1 kilograms of gold to India is prohibited
and will result in the gold being seized and the passenger prosecuted.
According to a report published in two major Indian newspapers excerpts from their news
report articles are provided below:
Times of India dated April 21, 2012:
A passenger is allowed to bring up to 1 kilogram of gold by paying duty. However,
quantities greater than 1 kilogram are seized and the person carrying it is prosecuted
under Customs Act 1962.
The Indian Express also dated April 21, 2012:
As per a Customs notification issued on April 8, 2012, a passenger can bring up to 1 kg of
gold, on payment of duty. Anyone bringing in more than 1 kg of gold is liable to be
May 11, 2012: Surprisingly, the official customs website still shows the limit as 10 kgs. per
The current duty free allowance on gold taken as jewelry is still Rs. 10000 for a male
passenger or Rs. 20000 for a lady passenger. These amounts were set several years ago,
with the price of gold in India now at almost Rupees 29,000 for 10 grams, there is hardly
any real gold jewelery these days that can be bought for Rupees 10,000. No wonder gold
jewelery is going out of style! its now purchased more and more for investment purposes.
Gold these days, is too expensive to buy and with chain snatching in India on the rise,
wearing gold is becoming unsafe also. Note: Gold duty free limits for India have been
increased effective April 1, 2013. See update in right column.
Note: The recent Union Budget proposed to doubled the customs duty on standard gold
from 2% to 4% and on non-standard gold from 5% to 10% from the financial year 2012-
13. Now as of August 2013, the rate has been increased to 10% plus 3% cess charge.
Current price of gold in India
The price of gold in India as on April 16, 2013 was reported to be Rupees 26,440 for 10 grams.
If you found this question of interest to you, then you may wish to also read Question/Answer number 425 titled ‘Problems with
customs at airport when taking gold from Australia . . .>>
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Updated - August 2013
Gold imports by NRIs to India.
Duty Free Allowance Increased
Duty free allowance on gold brought in
by passengers has been increased.
The Rupees 10,000 gold jewelery value
limit for male passenger will increase
to Rupees 50,000 and for female
passengers the duty free allowance on
gold of Rupees 20,000 will increase to
This should definitely bring some relief
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*Customs duty on gold
Taking Gold to India? How much
duty would I have to pay
The previous customs duty on
gold taken to India by passengers
have been revised. For the year
2013 , changes are shown below.
Please be advised to check with
authorities to confirm the latest
customs duties as rates can be
changed at anytime by the
government of India
Those taking gold to India or gold
jewelery in excess of the
allowable amount, can expect to
pay duty @ 10% of the value of
the gold value and another 3% of
the applicable duty as education
How much gold can a passenger take
Many websites as April 26, 2013
still continue to show that
passengers can take 10 Kg of
gold to India. This is no longer
true and was revised to 1
kilogram of gold for quite some
Do your homework before
heading to India with 10 Kgs of
Taking Jewelry out of India
Indian citizens traveling abroad to
attend wedding functions etc.
where they wish to use their
personal jewelry. Having an
export certificate will help avoid
problems with customs when you
return to India with the Jewelry.
When arriving in India with gold
in excess of your duty free limit,
don’t use the green channel to
walk out. Passengers can be
arrested if caught walking out
without proper declaration.