Importing car to India by NRI

Import Car to India
Import Car to India

Importing a car from any part of the world to India is a tricky affair. Only NRI’s that are moving back to India on permanent or on employment basis are allowed to get one vehicle to the country.

Steps involved in importing a car to India by an NRI

  • You will have to obtain an RTA export paper.
  • The shipping of the car can be either through RORO (roll-on/roll-off) vessel or container. They are the most commonly used vessels for importing cars.
  • Certificate of passing ED a thorough inspection of the engine, chaises number as per the submitted documents.
  • Preparation of bill of lading.

Upon reaching the destination.

  • Collect the delivery by paying DTHC (destination terminal handling charge).
  • Paying customs charges, import duties, and additional taxes.
  • Collection of authorized registration supporting documentation.
  • Registration of the car.

(NOTE – Importing a vehicle to India must and should be imported only through the ports of Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata)

For the calculation of taxes and import duties, the customs duties range from 60%-100% of the value of the car. For used vehicles, it is 125% of the value of the car. To know the breakdown of these charges, the link provided below can help you out.

To calculate import duties, a customs duty calculator has been provided below to have a rough estimate of the import duties.

Rules and regulations on importing a car to India.

Importing a new vehicle.

  • The vehicle must be manufactured outside of India and should not be either loaned or leased.
  • It should have right-hand drive steering with suitable driving aids for driving on the left-hand side of the road.
  • It must and should comply with the Central Motor Vehicles Act of 1988.

Importing a used vehicle.

  • The manufacturing of the car must take place before three years of import.
  • The car should be loaned, leased, or sold at least once before import.
  • Should comprise of a roadworthiness certificate for at least five years after import.
  • It must and should comply with all the provisions set by the Central Motor Act of 1988.

Thus, the above-given rules and regulations are the essential pointers to keep in mind before importing a car. To learn more about these rules and regulations, the link provided below can help you out.

Thus, importing a car can be a tedious affair. You might end up paying twice the amount of the vehicle based on the make, destination of export and relevant custom fees. Hence, do check out the rules and regulations and import duties before importing to avoid any hassles. All the best.




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