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Importing is a great way to offer products to a different market and provide goods that are often unavailable on a local basis. However, importing goods can be a logistical nightmare if you don’t have the most updated information and, a thorough understanding of all the requirements you need to meet to get through your customs with no hiccups.
Government websites are the most useful resources to start importing goods and products internationally. They offer clear and concise information on the ins and outs of the importing world. Pay particular attention to details on quarantines and restrictions, as any violation of the strict border security code can prevent you from having a successful import.
Pay your taxes
There are a whole host of fees, taxes, tariffs, and duties that need to be paid to import goods internationally. Every nation has a distinct set of rules and regulations, read up on what payments you need to make to fulfill the requirement of the India Government.
Various products may be quarantined, restricted, or prohibited for import to India. The list might change regularly, so it is essential to stay up-to-date with the latest restrictions. There are some ways to get around restrictions such as import licenses, but strict prohibitions should always taken into account.
It is essential to acquire an Import Export Code (IEC) to start importing goods into India. You can apply for one on the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) website.
The sheer volume of paper involved with importing is massive, and hiring a professional such as a clearing agent to enable your goods to get through customs can be very useful. Every import needs to follow EXIM Policy, and if your import doesn’t follow these regulations your goods will be confiscated, and you may be fined.