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any trick to buy from AliExpress without paying custom duty

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any trick to buy from AliExpress without paying custom duty. Today i paid custom duty of Rs.716 for haylou gt1 earpods in Bangalore which is around 70% of my purchase price. Even seller sent the package with price tag of $6.99.

In past also i have ordered from gearbest, AliExpress, banggood etc but never  had faced any custom issues as most of purchase will not cross 2.5k

Does anyone else facing high custom charges in Bangalore or other parts of the country.

Is there any trick to overcome or reduce custom duty

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No trick, I think you been charged because seller undervalued the product and your bad luck that it got caught. You should be thankful that it is not charged double. As in case of undervalue custom dept. Can impose 200% penalty.

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its depend also custom officer. generally under $50 , customs didn’t apply except mobile phones or big parcel

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That’s achhe din goodies for you, 41% customs for tech products. Pay it gladly. Believe that you’re paying it for the right cause.

Of course we didn’t need to pay exorbitant customs before 2014. It was totally free up to item value of 5k i believe, not 2.5k. Crossing that limit would need you to pay 14% customs, because that was the norm.

And no, you can’t do anything to avoid it. You can try ask the seller to under value the item, but if it’s caught during checking then they may impose fine on top of official custom rate, so you’ll end up paying more.

I always wondered up to what limit the custom is free! Your product’s real cost is what like 1.5k? So I’m pretty sure anything above 1k even then is charged! Much wow!

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Purchase price doesn’t matter if they opened your package/decided to charge u (Couple of times i had to pay duty even for <1000 purchases but most of the times i got away with customs)
716 is the right duty for your product. They must’ve searched through AliExpress and found a result similar to this one
20$ – 1400+
45%+ GST = 700+
Thankfully it is (Customs) not based on MRP stuck_out_tongue(Like How Amazon.com charges u)
Anyways if u can get to the Bangalore sub foreign post office u can counter them (If the customs charged is way too much) based on your CC/DC statement but it will only work if your purchase price matches the seller mentioned price. (If the difference is due to coupons used then it should be fine)https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/596084/original/Screenshot_20191124-145301.jpg?1574587454  
Btw which courier?
I am expecting 6 packages from different carriers (11/11 sale purchases)..most of them are update-less after being sent from chennai sorting centre to Bangalore sub foreign post office

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getready wrote:

Purchase price doesn’t matter if they opened your package/decided to charge u (Couple of times i had to pay duty even for <1000 purchases but most of the times i got away with customs)
716 is the right duty for your product. They must’ve searched through AliExpress and found a result similar to this one
20$ – 1400+
45%+ GST = 700+
Thankfully it is (Customs) not based on MRP stuck_out_tongue(Like How Amazon.com charges u)
Anyways if u can get to the Bangalore sub foreign post office u can counter them (If the customs charged is way too much) based on your CC/DC statement but it will only work if your purchase price matches the seller mentioned price. (If the difference is due to coupons used then it should be fine)https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/596084/original/Screenshot_20191124-145301.jpg?1574587454  
Btw which courier?
I am expecting 6 packages from different carriers (11/11 sale purchases)..most of them are update-less after being sent from chennai sorting centre to Bangalore sub foreign post office

If it is delivering through Indian post, it can be tracked. They update on the site. In bangalore i track the movement till out for delivery in case of Indian post.

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If it is delivering through Indian post, it can be tracked. They update on the site. In bangalore i track the movement till out for delivery in case of Indian post.

The tracking (IndiaPost) worked fine until 17th or 18th this month. Since then, nothing. Even removed some info like “Next Destination/Post Office”
One package (Sing Post) which was intransit from Chennai to Bangalore is showing “Reached Chennai” and the other (China air Mail) which was intransit from china to Kolkata is showing “Item Bagged – Beijing” and its been a week since then

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getready wrote:

The tracking (IndiaPost) worked fine until 17th or 18th this month. Since then, nothing. Even removed some info like “Next Destination/Post Office”
One package (Sing Post) which was intransit from Chennai to Bangalore is showing “Reached Chennai” and the other (China air Mail) which was intransit from china to Kolkata is showing “Item Bagged – Beijing” and its been a week since then

Oh did not know this as i have not received any product since last month. Though i also have 3 products coming. Will need to check otherwise only just have to get it as a surprise. One thing bad is the postman will never intimate in advance or even call if one is not available.

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getready wrote:

The tracking (IndiaPost) worked fine until 17th or 18th this month. Since then, nothing. Even removed some info like “Next Destination/Post Office”
One package (Sing Post) which was intransit from Chennai to Bangalore is showing “Reached Chennai” and the other (China air Mail) which was intransit from china to Kolkata is showing “Item Bagged – Beijing” and its been a week since then

Means Indiapost have stolen your package. Generally, once it clears customs, the package should be with you within 3 days (From my experience in a Tier-2 town!) else its gone. Visit local post office and try your luck.

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As @ithehappy mentioned, Customs have become very strict since 2014. Nearly all my phones/tabs were from Aliexpress till 2014-15 and I used to pay nominal customs of 5-10% which I was ok with but since 2015, Customs started charging abnormally and became very strict.

Had to pay 20k as customs for Mi Mix and then purchased a tab for which i had to pay 6k as customs whereas I used to pay hardly 1.5k as customs earlier (Purchased 3 tabs before 2014 and just one since). Last I purchased was Huawei Mate 20x and I had to shell 7k as Customs for that. Have stopped purchasing expensive items since.

Also, the packages loss frequency has increased considerably. Unless and until you buy thru Gati/Aliexpress shipping or premium services like Fedex/DHL, the package delivery percentage is less than 50% for me and I now feel that the price benefit is not worth the hassle considering the delivery time and probability of delivery.

PS: Having said that, have ordered 3 items during this sale with AliExpress shipping and as yet, none have reached India yet.

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prabhat775 wrote:

If it is delivering through Indian post, it can be tracked. They update on the site. In bangalore i track the movement till out for delivery in case of Indian post.

How to track if its through indian post? Never tracked before.

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Means Indiapost have stolen your package. Generally, once it clears customs, the package should be with you within 3 days (From my experience in a Tier-2 town!) else its gone. Visit local post office and try your luck.

It hasn’t cleared customs
Clearance happens in Bangalore regardless of the port it reaches first (Delhi/Kolkata)
I think the delay is related to Bangalore Post
The second package reached Kolkata today (7 days after it got shipped from Beijing airport). The first package via sing post reached Chennai port from Singapore in a day n since then no updatehttps://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/596258/original/Screenshot_20191125-232118.jpg?1574704310 https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/596259/original/Screenshot_20191125-232339.jpg?1574704439

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getready wrote:

It hasn’t cleared customs
Clearance happens in Bangalore regardless of the port it reaches first (Delhi/Kolkata)
I think the delay is related to Bangalore Post
The second package reached Kolkata today (7 days after it got shipped from Beijing airport). The first package via sing post reached Chennai port from Singapore in a day n since then no updatehttps://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/596258/original/Screenshot_20191125-232118.jpg?1574704310 https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/596259/original/Screenshot_20191125-232339.jpg?1574704439

In that case, have to wait it out.

Even am facing the same situation with abnormal delay in transit. My package left Beijing/HK almost a week back and it still is in transit and has not reached chennai. Tracking says Item bagged.

Last month, I bought a TWS earphone and it was delivered within 6 days thru AliExpress shipping (Singapore Post).

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Any idea on china small packet post method of delivery ??

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amdoinggood123 wrote:

Any idea on china small packet post method of delivery ??

very poor don’t order

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chipi wrote:

very poor don’t order

Apart from AliExpress, which free shipping method to be chosen ?

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ithehappy wrote:

That’s achhe din goodies for you, 41% customs for tech products. Pay it gladly. Believe that you’re paying it for the right cause.

Of course we didn’t need to pay exorbitant customs before 2014. It was totally free up to item value of 5k i believe, not 2.5k. Crossing that limit would need you to pay 14% customs, because that was the norm.

And no, you can’t do anything to avoid it. You can try ask the seller to under value the item, but if it’s caught during checking then they may impose fine on top of official custom rate, so you’ll end up paying more.

I always wondered up to what limit the custom is free! Your product’s real cost is what like 1.5k? So I’m pretty sure anything above 1k even then is charged! Much wow!

As with everything in India,people started heavily misusing it.Guys ordering cartons weighing KGs of items with invoice price as $10 & then reselling them in local markets.I even saw some posts where people proudly claiming that earlier they used to order KGs of clothes from China & selling here at good margins but now business is down.

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