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Send parcels or gifts to India

Parcel to India

Door-to-door signed for delivery from only £21.90

£50 free insurance on every order

Collection or drop-off at a local shop anytime

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Send bulky or heavy items weighing up to 1,000kg

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ParcelHero offer reliable delivery options and value for money for deliveries to and from India, in partnership with the world's biggest couriers. Whether you're shipping to or from India, ParcelHero provides a range of services at savings of up to 60%.

Shipping to India is easy with ParcelHero

When sending a parcel to a country outside the EU, your shipment will travel through customs and may be subject to import duty or tax. ParcelHero will automatically help you produce all the paperwork required for shipping when you book online. When your parcel arrives in India it will be assessed by India's Customs authority and any import charges will be billed to the receiver. Sometimes customs clearance can cause delivery delays, but if that happens we'll automatically let you know what's required and help you resolve it.

Cost of delivery services to India

Shipping restrictions and Indian customs clearance

India does not charge sales tax on imported goods. India does however prohibit the importation of certain products. Learn more about prohibited and restricted items.

Personal effects and gifts imported into India with a value below Rs 5,000 are not normally subject to import duty and tax, on the following conditions:

  1. The receiver should be a permanent Indian resident
  2. The goods description should state ‘Gift' or ‘Personal effects'
  3. The parcel should be sent from a residential address to a residential address. If you ship from or to a business address, the shipment may be considered a commercial shipment and therefore be subject to import duty or tax.

Duty rates range from 0-150%, you can check the rates of duty through the Indian central board of excise and customs, and they have also have a useful duty calculator. Duty rates are calculated based upon each product you're sending. Each product is categorised using its harmonisation code (also known as a tariff code). You can check the harmonisation code for your product using these useful links:

If you're a business shipping electronics to India, then the rates of duty average around 10%, however some products are exempt.

Learn more about Indian import duty and tax

Doing business in India

With a population of 1.2 billion, and a growing middle class, India is a country in transition. There are already 330 million internet users in India and that numbers growing fast. UK products have a great reputation in India and the British government is working hard to promote trade between the UK and India. The Indian currency is the Rupee, and the UK to INR exchange rate varies from 80 to 100 Rupees to every £1 GBP. The Indian government places restrictions on many products including medicines, and you will require import licences for certain products.

Useful links

Sending food to India

You can send only non-perishable food items to India such as canned foods and crisps for personal consumption. Meats, seeds and other fresh produce is not permitted. If you're a business you will need to apply for an import licence from the food safety and standards authority of India, and you may also require an export licence from the UK government.

Packaging your parcel to India

Whether you're sending a small gift or a large cargo shipment to India, it's really important that your goods are packaged safely for transport. Your parcel will be subject to movement during transit, it will be loaded and unloaded, and handled multiple times along the way, so it's important that you package it well. Follow these simple guidelines to ensure your package arrives safely and securely:

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Select a box:

  • Use a strong double lined box (we recommend using a new box rather than a re-used one)
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Protecting your goods:

  • Wrap each item individually in several layers of bubble wrap.
  • Make sure each item is fully suspended inside the box, and not touching the walls of the box, by filling the box with packaging material such as polystyrene peanuts prior to placing the items inside the box.
3

Securing your package:

  • Use packaging tape to seal the box.
  • The more tape you use, the more protection is offered.
  • Pay special attention to flaps and corners.

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