The UK is currently the eighth biggest export market for India. Given that exports from India reached US$ 313.2 billion in 2013, sourcing and shipping products from India to the UK offers a tremendous business opportunity. English is generally used as a business language in India and the countries have similar legal and administrative systems, which makes trade between the two countries especially attractive.
This guide contains information on importing products from India into the UK, including what documentation is required for Customs clearance.
Sources: CIA World Factbook, GOV.UK, The Guardian
For more detailed information when trading with India, download our India Fact Sheet.
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|India: Country Profile|
|Capital:||New Delhi||IMPORTS TO INDIA|
|Population:||1.2 billion||Imports into
|US$ 467.5 billion (2013 est.)|
|Area:||3,287,263 sq km||Import Commodities:||Crude oil, precious stones, machinery, fertiliser, iron and steel, chemicals|
|Currency:||1 rupee (INR) = 100 paisa||Top Import Destinations:||China, Hong Kong, USA, Germany, Italy|
|GDP:||US$ 4.9 trillion (2013 est.)||EXPORTS FROM INDIA|
|Time Zones:||UTC +5:30; no summertime observed||Exports from
|US$ 313.2 billion (2013 est.)|
|Languages:||22 official languages including Hindi, English, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayam, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Maithili||Export Commodities:||Petroleum products, precious stones, machinery, iron and steel, chemicals, vehicles, apparel|
|Ethnic Groups:||Indo-Aryan 72%, Dravidian 25%, Mongoloid and other 3%||Top Export Origins:||USA, Germany, UK, Australia, UAE, Canada, South Africa, France, Japan, Nigeria, New Zealand|
To commercially import into the UK, the receiver needs to hold an Economic Operator Registration Identification (EORI) number. This is issued by UK Customs, the HMRC.
Guidance and further information on obtaining an EORI number:
GOV.UK: EORI Scheme
General guidance for importing into the UK, including information on restricted items and Commodity Codes:
GOV.UK: Starting to Import
To find applicable duty rates:
GOV.UK: Trade Tariff
Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) rates apply to goods originating from India. To claim these rates, imported goods must meet rules of origin, supported by appropriate documentation (e.g. GSP Form A – Certificate of Origin) endorsed by an appropriate authority in India.
Shipments valued under £5,700: use simpler invoice declaration procedure. Supplier’s commercial invoice must state: ‘The exporter of the products covered by this document declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of India preferential origin.’
When exporting goods from India, the following documentation is usually required for clearance with India Customs:
1. Certificate Copy of Importer / Exporter Code (IEC) with Permanent Account Number (PAN) issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade
2. DHL Waybill
3. Commercial Invoice
Minimal required information:
4. Self Declaration Form (SDF)
Original copy required.
5. Shipper’s Letter of Instruction (SLI)
Instruction to DHL on how the shipment is to be cleared.