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You can call Global Packways, at least 6-8 weeks prior to the move. This way we can plan your move better to make it a smooth one.

Usually not more than an hour.

We conduct a pre-move survey for the following reasons To Inspect your goods, Understand your needs, Identify delicate & valuable articles, Take measurements to calculate the volume of the goods, Assess manpower and materials requirements, Check facilities for loading, parking, movement of vehicles, etc. During the survey Global Packways will also explain the moving process, clear your apprehensions, advise you appropriate means of transport, schedule dates for packing & moving and most importantly help you plan your move more effectively.

Identify, the goods in your house and decide the articles you intend carrying, storing, donating, leaving behind etc.
Show all the items you intend carrying to the surveyor. This helps us in making a better and more accurate estimate. Let us know about your special needs or areas of concern. Ask as many questions and clear all your doubts, however simple they may be. Make sure you give the same brief to all the moving companies surveying your goods.

When the goods leave India, your goods will be physically opened & examined. Global packways will safely repack these goods for you. At destination, depending upon the country you are moving to, your goods may or may not be physically examined. In Europe & America, generally customs formalities mean only documentation. However, sometimes, random checks are done on personal effects. In such cases there will be an physical examination fee which is billed at cost. In other countries, generally your goods will be physically examined.

You can do this, but be aware of the potential problems. For instance, insurance companies will not pay out on goods packed by their owner. Also, Customs officials will almost certainly target goods that you have packed like locked suitcases. If you really must pack some of your goods, leave the cartons unsealed so that the Allied packing crew can inspect the contents, seal the cartons and make a note in the inventory.

Every home is different but for a 2000 sq ft of household effects between two and three days are needed for packing. This is based on a crew of three or four persons. If timing is important, let us know about your requirements and Global Packways will coordinate the move accordingly.

Generally speaking, you can take most of the personal stuff like clothes, books, curios, utensils, pictures etc. However, all flammable items, liquids, perishable foods and other items that can deteriorate should not be shipped. Think carefully about alcohol & electrical goods. They may attract heavy duty and the electrical goods may not be compatible. Contact Allied Moving if you require more information about the customs regulations of the country you are moving to.

Well, mainly those things you might expect – Antiques, drugs, alcohol (in some countries), weapons, ammunition, explosives, Ivory, animal skins, Sandalwood, pornography, Gold, Silver etc.

We at Global Packways use quality packing materials and experienced crews to pack your goods. But this journey may be covering thousands of miles, experiencing different weather conditions, wide variations of temperature, and several forms of handling. The forces of nature and physics that a shipment has to undergo are unimaginable unless you’ve seen a freight ship go through an Atlantic swell with 60-ft waves washing over its cargo of shipping containers. So, Insurance is definitely a must and is really a bargain.

There are different kinds of insurance packages available like Indian Insurance, US Dollar Insurance, Declared value coverage, Replaceable value coverage etc. Allied Moving can give you additional information if required.

In general, you should think about what it would cost to replace your goods. When completing your insurance value, please be as detailed as possible. Remember to mark down all individual items that have a high replacement cost. Its better to have too much information than not enough in this instance. If you have any questions relating to the coverage, contact Global Packways.

 

To ship your personal effects, we require copy of your Passport, Air-Ticket and destination delivery address. Besides this we will also require an Invoice & Packing List, Customs Declaration, which will be prepared by us and must be signed by you.

Yes, goods can be sent prior to your departure provided certain Customs bond is provided. Please check with us for further details.

Plan this well in advance. A specialist from Global Packways will handle this kind of work, as air travel is often distressing for pets. However, thousands of animals travel happily all over the world and often, it is quarantine regulations that cause the real problem. Every country has its own regulations regarding the importation of pets (and this is especially true of birds such as parrots) so discuss arrangements well in advance.

The goods are taken to our warehouse, crates or lift vans will be made as per your requirements. Once the documentation is complete the goods will be moved to either to a sea port or airport for customs examination, repacked and they will be put onto the next available ship or flight.

Generally by Air, allow up to 14 days door-to-door. By sea, it depends where you are going but a reasonable estimate for Europe is 6 weeks, USA: 8 / 10 weeks and Australia: 5 / 7 weeks. If you are talking about remote areas, it will take longer.

To import goods through Indian custom we require Importers Original Passport, Original bill of lading (Signed on Reverse), Inventory of articles (Please mention Value, Make, Model, Serial number & Year of purchase for electronic & high value goods) Other forms like Transfer of Residence Forms, Unaccompanied baggage forms, Declaration, Authorisation letter etc. will be provided by us – for your signatures.

Generally the Indian ports are safe provided adequate care is taken. However in some Indian ports, there have been stray incidents of pilferage or mix up with other consignments. We suggest the use of plywood liftvans or crates for high value & small loose items.

It is always safer to ship goods in plywood liftvans. However, due to the high costs it may not always be possible to do so. So we suggest the use of plywood liftvans or crates for high value items.

Yes, generally all import consignments are physically inspected 100% as per Indian customs regulations. However, we find that in some cases if there is a proper packing list and if the goods randomly checked, tally with the packing list the customs officially do not check all goods but only open about 20 or 30%.

No, all goods can be custom cleared only after arrival of owner of the goods into India.

Owner’s personal presence is generally a must and is advisable. This is required to answer any queries of the customs officers. However, In cases, if owner cannot be present due to exceptional circumstances, a power of attorney can be executed in favour of a friend, relative or us, provided completed customs forms should be duly signed and attested.

Activity FCL Shipments LCL Shipments

  • Unloading from vessel & Placement of container or de-stuffed goods in Customs bonded warehouse Day 1, 2 & 3 Day 1 to 8
  • Customs Inspection and assessment of duty Day 4 Day 9
  • Payment of duty and release of goods Day 5 Day 10
  • Delivery in same city as POE & unpacking of goods Day 6 & 7 Day 11 & 12
  • Delivery in different city as POE Add 2 to 3 days

In cases where there are no Sea ports, Consignments can be booked upto Inland Container Depots (ICD) – Such facilities re available in Major Cities like Delhi, Bangalore & Hyderabad. However, there are certain restrictions for Less Than Container Load (LCL) consignments. In such cases goods have to be moved from the port of entry to ICD under customs bond – which involves providing a bank guarantee & filing a personal bonds etc with customs. However a word of caution – Customs bond can be very expensive & time consuming – so it is always advisable to clear goods at the port of entry.

FAQs about Import Duties & Transfer of residence

Household goods can be imported in to India under Transfer of Residence or As Unaccompanied baggage.

Under transfer or residence goods can be imported at an concessional duty of 15% whereas under unaccompanied baggage the duty is 40%.

Indians, foreigner, including those of Indian origin, transferring their residence to India or coming to India on employment, can import their personal effects & household goods into India under Transfer of Residence rules. However, some of the other conditions which apply are that the owner of the goods must have stayed abroad for a minimum period of 2 years, further the owner must not have visited India for more than six months in the preceding two years. The law also states that the goods must be shipped out within 30 days of arrival of the owner into India. If there is a delay then goods can be cleared only if the delay is condoned by the customs authorities. Every case is decided on its merits. Foreign nationals must have a resident / business / work / entry visa to avail transfer of residence.

No, Personal effects and house-hold goods like furniture, clothes, books, kitchenware, small appliances like mixer, juicer, iron etc. are allowed to be imported duty free if these goods are old and have been used by you.

No, as per the latest update to the Indian Baggage regulations as on 8 Jan 2004, under transfer of residence, besides used furniture and personal effects, following items can be brought in to India duty free.

  • Video Cassette Recorder or Video Cassette Player or Video Television Receiver or Video Cassette Disk Player
  • Washing Machine
  • Electrical or Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cooking Range
  • Personal Computer (Desk Top Computer)
  • Laptop Computer (Notebook Computer)
  • Domestic refrigerators of capacity up to 300 litres or equivalent

Under Transfer of residence duty for the following items the import duty has been reduced to 15%

  • Colour Television or Monochrome Television
  • Digital Video Disc Player, Video Home Theatre System
  • Dish Washer, Music System, Air-Conditioner
  • Domestic refrigerators of capacity above 300 litres or its equivalent
  • Deep Freezer, Microwave Oven
  • Video camera or the combination of any such video camera with one or more of the following goods, namely
  • Television Receiver, Sound recording or reproducing apparatus, Video reproducing apparatus, Word Processing Machine
  • Fax Machine, Portable Photocopying Machine, Vessel, Aircraft
  • Cinematographic films of 35 mm and above
  • Gold or Silver, in any form, other than ornaments

No, under transfer of residence rules, duty is not levied on used personal effects and household goods which are more than 6 months old.

Customs duty @ 40 % has to be paid on the excess value of the goods.

Transfer of residence concession is provided to a family as a whole. Individual members of a family cannot claim additional concessions.

No. The duty free allowance of Rs. 12000/- is available for consumption only at the arrival. It cannot be combined for any unaccompanied baggage shipments coming by air or Sea freight.

No, under the new baggage rules there is no such compulsions.

An Indian passenger who was engaged in profession abroad can import professional equipment free of duty upto the value of

  • Rs. 10,000/= if he or she is returning after three months of stay abroad
  • Rs. 20,000/= if he or she is returning after six months of stay abroad

Professional Equipment means such portable equipment, instruments, apparatus and appliances as are required in his profession by a carpenter, a plumber, a welder, a mason and the like and shall not include items of common use such as cameras, cassette recorders, dicta-phones, personal computers, typewriters and other similar articles.

FAQ About Import of Gold, Silver & Jewelry

Yes, if you are an Indian Passport holder or if you are a person of Indian origin (including minors) you can import upto 10 Kgs of gold in any form at a time. However, please note that you must be coming to India after minimum of 6 months of stay abroad. Duty is payable @ Rs. 250/- per 10 grams in convertible foreign exchange. However please note that the gold includes primary gold & ornaments other than those studded with stones or pearls.

Yes, if you are an Indian Passport holder or if you are a person of Indian origin (including minors), you can import upto 100 Kgs of silver in any form at a time. However, please note that you must be coming to India after minimum of 6 months of stay abroad. Duty is payable @ Rs. 500/- per Kg. However please note that the silver includes silver in any form including ornaments other than those studded with stones or pearls.

Yes, anybody who has been staying abroad for over one year and is returning to India are allowed to import jewellery free of duty up to a value of – Rs. 10,000 in case of a male passenger and Rs. 20,000 in case of a female passenger. Import of jewelry in excess of the these value will be dutiable.

FAQ About Import of Food Stuff

Yes, if you are a Foreign national – you can import foodstuff in the main household goods shipment duty free up to a limit of Rs. 50,000/= (USD 1050/=). Besides Foreign nationals who are resident in India can import foodstuff worth Rs. 1,00,000 Per Annum (USD 2100). However, please note that Wine, spirits, beverages, etc. are not allowed duty free under this facility. It is also important that payment for the foodstuff must be made out of funds of the foreign national available outside India.

FAQ About Import of Wine, Alcohol & spirits

Yes, you can import wine, Alcohol & spirits, however, please note that the import duties on such items are very high – Approximately – 244%. We would also like you to note that it is not advisable to import liquor into India as most international brands of liquor are available in India at reasonable prices. However, If you must ship Wine or Liquor, please pack them separately and clearly mark them so it is easily identifiable. If you do not disclose them – it could lead to unnecessary problems with customs if found during physical examination.

Well like in most countries – Porno-graphic material, obscene literature, narcotics, wildlife items like ivory, horns etc and firearms, ammunition and other weapons should not be bought into India. Should you need further information please contact us prior to shipping.

You can call Global Packways, at least 1-2 weeks prior to the move. This way we can plan your move better to make it a smooth one.

Usually no more than 30 minutes.

We conduct a pre-move survey for the following reasons To Inspect your goods, Understand your needs, Identify delicate & valuable articles, Take measurements to calculate the volume of the goods, Assess manpower and materials requirements, Check facilities for loading, parking, movement of vehicles, etc. During the survey Global Packways will also explain the moving process, clear your apprehensions, advise you appropriate means of transport, schedule dates for packing & moving and most importantly help you plan your move more effectively.

Identify, the goods in your house and decide the articles you intend carrying, storing, donating, leaving behind etc.
Show all the items you intend carrying to the surveyor. This helps us in making a better and more accurate estimate. Let us know about your special needs or areas of concern. Ask as many questions and clear all your doubts, however simple they may be. Make sure you give the same brief to all the moving companies surveying your goods.

Generally, only electronic goods, fragile items, glass / mirrors need to be crated. However, if you choose we can crate all the items you want.

Yes, you can call us & we can deliver as many cartons as you want prior to the move.

You can do this, but be aware of the potential problems. For instance, insurance companies will not pay out on goods packed by their owner. Also, Customs officials will almost certainly target goods that you have packed like locked suitcases. If you really must pack some of your goods, leave the cartons unsealed so that the Global Packways’s crew can inspect the contents, seal the cartons and make a note in the inventory.

Every home is different but for a normal truck load of household effects (750 CFT) takes between two and three days for packing. This is based on a crew of three or four persons. If timing is important, let us know about your requirements and Global Packways will coordinate the move accordingly.

Generally speaking, you can take most of the personal stuff like furniture, clothes, books, curios, utensils, electronic goods etc. However, all flammable items, liquids, perishable foods and other items that can deteriorate should not be moved.

We at Global Packways use quality packing materials and experienced crews to pack your goods. But this journey may be covering long distances and through very bad roads. So, Insurance is definitely a must and is really a bargain.

There are different kinds of insurance packages available like Transit risk coverage or Comprehensive coverage. Allied Moving can give you additional information if required.

In general, you should think about what it would cost to replace your goods. When completing your insurance value, please be as detailed as possible. Remember to mark down all individual items that have a high replacement cost. It’s better to have too much information than not enough in this instance. If you have any questions relating to the coverage, contact Global Packways.

We have multiple moving options for your goods from small to very large trucks. However, this depends upon the volume of your goods & your specific needs. To know more about your moving requirements please contact Global Packways.

Yes, if required, one of the packers will accompany your goods to destination. This person is known as an escort. An escort is useful because the packer who packed your goods at origin will be there to assist you at destination.

Yes, we will assist you in unloading, unpacking, removal of debris and setting up of your home.

Yes, we provide handy man services for professional carpentry, electrical & plumbing services.

Generally, there are no Interstate taxes for used & old personal effects. However, in certain cities like Bombay there are interstate taxes – which are generally very nominal. But for automobiles these taxes are much higher.

To move your personal effects, we require a Packing list, Declaration for check post purposes and destination delivery address. If you are moving an automobile, we require copies of Registration documents, Insurance documents, Tax paid receipts & Emission certificate.

Yes, we can move your car either in exclusive vehicles or co-loaded with other cars in Car Moving vehicles, depending upon your time & budget constraints. Irrespective of how the car is moved.

All goods are moved directly from door to door without any transshipment. However, for small volume or part loads – the goods will be moved to our warehouse and clubbed with other goods before dispatch. At destination the goods will be moved to our warehouse and final delivery is done using local vehicles.

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