@Coal: Dude even i don have that much idea.. but jus call the airlines and ask them wat can be done.. probably there'll be a way..
Sorry for posting late, dunno if its still relevant.
The 25k cap is not applicable for guitar for personal use (dont tell them you are importing new guitars, in that case they will impose a duty of 35% on you, well you can bribe your way out anyways).
Also the policy for most airlines is 1 guitar per person which does not exceed 7kg, and if u can convince the airlines that you are a professional musician and talk to them in advance, they will arrange for carrying the 2 guitars onboard else they will ask you to checkin one of the guitar with the luggage. So in case you are walking in with 2 guitars make sure you contact them early.
+ i strongly dont reccomend importing guitars to india (unless its some high end models), coz i always had the frets jumping out and projecting which caused fret buzz and required a fret filing. This happens esp. when u import it from a cold country (esp if its fretboard is made of softer woods).
Originally Posted by ace41
I am confused.
You said in your previous post that you got a guitar from UAE without paying duty.
Now you are saying 35%....Mine is 2+ yrs old.
Did the customs agent ask you or did you declare or show it to him?
I am assuming it was in its gigbag/case so everyone can see.
Some customs officers who are very strict cross questions you about the item. and i said you must tell him you are carrying it along for you personal use "never mention the word 'import' or 'newly bought' coz i had trouble bringing my laptop 2 years back when i said those words. And there's a 95% chance that they wont check on your guitar, but i bet ull get good care from the airhostess' while carrying a guitar
Let me make it straight and clear
Case 1: You bring 1 guitar, you are allowed onboard. If questions arises, its your personal stuff and you play music must be the answer.
Case 2: 2 guitars: contact the airlines before you make the journey and check for empty seat availability (its required you to carry more than 1 guitar onboard). Some airlines might not support this.
You dont have to pay any duty if you bring in 1, but you really need to convince them that you are a musician if you bring 2, coz there's a chance that they might ask you to pay duty for one guitar. But if its old, then no need for anything.
Its not at all complicated as it seems, afterall they are very coorporative.
caveat: some airlines are frustratingly difficult about letting you take your guitar onboard. i've usually never had a problem, but post 9/11, things have gotten weird. the way i see it, a flightcase is not a bad investment.
even if your guitars are old, i highly suggest you enter some sort of nominal value for each one. particularly for flights coming in from the states and the middle east, the customs officials gear up for a fleecing. a friend of mine declared a value of 2 lakhs on his guitar (i think a PRS) and two amplifiers (soldano, bogner). ended up paying about 60-70k in duties. this was a good move; if the amount had been suspiciously low, they might have cross referenced the actual new price (cumulative , slapped both the duty and the fine for undervaluing (or the bribe to waiver the fine) and he'd be in for at least a couple of lakhs. in general, customs has gotten a lot smarter and read your body language pretty well too.
don't worry too much, but don't try anything really stupid either.
Vow, a PRS and two amps.
How did he get the amps in?
In the customs & excise website, its clearly mentioned that you dont have to pay for a musical instrument which you own for your personal use (just dont admit its new ,lol), its only taxable if its a gift to someone else or if its for a somercial purpose such as selling.
Originally Posted by flood
and btw, give the ph: number of that friend of yours, let me try to tap a few lacs from him by making some phoney calls.
and btw the customs duty for a guitar is only 10% (chapt.92, 9202).
The cbec website indicates 10% but another website indicates 35%. 20north.com custom duty charges on guitars is around 28%.
You are right.
Originally Posted by insatanity
I would go by the CBEC website.
I will just print it out and take it with me incase they give me panga....
This is the response of 20north for the customs duty they charge:
Apart from the Basic duty of 10% there are other duty charges as well.
Excise duty- 8%
Customs cess- 3%
All this put together is what you will see in total as duty.
Any other inputs from members?
Hi.. I think you'll be charged around 45% customs duty when u enter India.. I have also heard that u might have to pay around 5% duty when u'll leave the us.. although I'm not really sure abt this one..I would still recommend you get the guitar though.. plannin to have one shipped as well..
Originally Posted by yashodhan92
why would they charge custom if you are carrying it yourself? and that too 45%??
it's 35% on anything that is worth more than 25000. i haven't had a problem with a guitar though. the bigger problem i've had is making sure i get it on as hand baggage. when i moved back to bombay, i dismantled my strat and my bass and had them shipped to me as cartons.
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