Sending a gift to India for Rakhi? Read this first

This Saturday, one of India’s most iconic celebrations, Raksha Purnima, or simply Rakhi, will be celebrated in many parts of South Asia by Hindus, Jains and many Sikhs. It is a celebration of the love between siblings, when brothers finally do something nice for their sister, and for a lot of those celebrating it, sending a gift to a loved one in India may be on the top of their mind.

If you are a new customer and sending a parcel for Rakhi, then use discount code RAKHI5 for £5 off your total booking price – our gift to you.

ParcelHero® offers the following services to India, book here for:

  • Express
  • Express Timed
  • Economy

Shipping times to India tend to be 2-4 days.

India is a wonderfully diverse country with some of the world’s most impressive ecology. But, like any country, it operates a few restrictions and prohibitions on what can and cannot enter through its borders.

Here are a few of those active restrictions:

  • Seeds
  • Food Stuffs
  • Old & Second Hand Goods
  • Medicine, regardless of quantity
  • CD Roms
  • Video Tapes

Additional fees

All international packages are subject to duty and tax charges. However, your gift may also be subject to gift exemptions, which can reduce the total amount of duty and tax applied to your parcel.

The gift exemption for India is listed at INR 10,000, for both gifts and business samples. However, you can only ship 10 samples of the same item per shipment.

In most circumstances the recipient of the parcel is responsible for paying any duty or taxes on the shipped items. We also apply additional charges for remote location shipping, in which there are many in India.

However, if you are sending a gift (or any item, for that matter) you can contact our customer care team and request the charge to be reversed and sent to you, instead.

What about food?

Shipments of food require a No-Objection Certificate from the Food Safety authorities in India. If you are sending a food shipment, then take note:

  • Foods must be in the original manufacturer’s packaging.
  • Food packaging must be sealed and not tampered with in any way.
  • Food label must list all ingredients.
  • Foods must have a shelf life of longer than 6 months from the date of shipping.
  • All foods that have a shelf life of less than 6 months will be classed as perishables, and cannot be sent via courier, even if store bought.

For further information read our Do’s and Don’ts on Shipping Food Abroad.

Get it there on time

Indian customs can be a little slow in processing parcels, so you need to send it with as much time to spare as possible; today being the latest. You will also need to make sure that your parcel has the correctly filled out customs documents, which are automatically provided by ParcelHero when you complete your booking, to ensure that no problems delay your gift getting to its eager recipient on time.

If you book and our booking platform suggests you have missed the deadline for Rakhi, then call our UK based customer care team and we may be able to organise for you to drop your parcel off at the depot.

Package your gift properly

Your precious gift needs to be wrapped properly, we highly recommend that you don’t use gift-wrapping as the exterior packaging – instead, use it as the interior packaging. Use a new box, with plenty of inner cushioning for the gift so it can’t move and isn’t the touching the inner packaging. This will keep it nice and safe while it is transported on the various different vehicles and methods used for international shipping. We also recommend using a gift bag, which will survive a possible customs inspection.

If this is the first time you have shipped an item abroad then please read our packaging page for further instructions on packaging your item correctly.

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