The procedure to be followed as regards clearance of Accompanied Baggage
is as follows:
Clearance after arrival from abroad:
Keep a list
of the articles in baggage giving their description and value as per the
table given below:
Passport No. & date of issue, Date of departure, Date of arrival,
Duration of stay abroad, Previous visit, if any, Flight no. Country visited,
Purpose of visit.
in disembarkation card given to you by the airlines crew before the landing
of the aircraft.
At the health
counter, your health certificate will be checked by the Health Inspector
who will put his stamp on the reverse of disembarkation card in token
of having cleared you from health formalities.
Then at immigration
counter your visa etc., will be checked and if everything is in order,
your passport will be stamped with the date of disembarkation etc. and
upper portion of the disembarkation card will be detached whereas the
lower portion called ‘gate pass’ will be delivered to you.
baggage from the arrival hall and proceed for customs clearance in the
There are two
customs channels for clearance of the baggage viz., green channel and
red channel. Green channel is for passengers not having any dutiable or
prohibited / restricted goods. Red channel is for passengers having dutiable
goods. Passengers are advised to report at the appropriate channel for
customs clearance. They are normally cleared on oral declaration. But
it would be better if you have a list of the articles in your baggage
giving their description and value. You should also keep all purchase
receipts for articles brought as baggage. If you have imported goods which
are misdeclared, not declared, concealed then they are liable for confiscation
and you may be liable to fine, penalty and even prosecution.
If you are
carrying currency including travellers’ cheques exceeding US $ 10,000
in value, do not forget to declare this to the Customs; non-declaration
can result in confiscation. The CDF may be required by the authorised
dealer in foreign exchange for endorsement. After encashing foreign currency
into Indian rupees they issue Encashment Certificate. Retain the encashment
certificate for endorsement by the bank at the time of reconversion into
For your mishandled
baggage, obtain a landing certificate before passing out of Customs. In
the case of loss of landing certificate, the baggage can be got released
against an indemnity bond.
Foreign / Indian
currency drafts and other instruments have to be declared irrespective
of their value.
goods, imported by passengers, in respect of which a true declaration
has been made, may be held in safe custody or detained in accordance with
the provisions of Section 80 of the Customs Act, 1962 for the purpose
of being returned to him on his leaving India for re-export.
If for any
reason, the passenger is not able to collect the article at the time of
his leaving India, the article may be returned to him through any other
passenger authorised by him and leaving India or as cargo consigned in
dutiable goods which passengers desire to clear subsequently, may also
be detained temporarily for clearance on payment of duty and/or fine and
other dues. Unclaimed packages found in the Baggage Hall and handed over
by Airlines, will similarly be received by the Detention officer for safe
of the Baggage concerned, the same should be examined and inventorised.
The Detention Officer shall issue Detention Receipts, for all the goods
detained by him, wherein he shall enter the particulars of goods detained
and the name and address of the importer/owner.
package is sealed with Customs seal in the presence of the passenger and
his signature obtained as an evidence. A separate register is maintained
for keeping a record of such detained packages. Such packages are kept
in the custody of the Customs Department.
as and when the Passenger claims the packages, either for re-export or
clearance on payment of duty, the same are shown to the passenger and
his signature obtained regarding the seals being intact. Thereafter the
packages are re-examined and dealt with appropriately for release or re-export.
Necessary entries are made in the Detained Goods Register regarding release
of the packages.
of detained passenger Baggage at International Airports
of the goods detained at the International Airports temporarily at the
request of the passengers either for payment of duty or for the purpose
of re-export or subsequent production of documents, action is initiated
by the Customs authorities for disposal of goods after confiscation if
the passenger does not come up for clearance of goods within the time
limit given in the detention receipt.
To give effect
to the above decision it may be ensured that the full address of passengers
in India is retained at the time of issue of the Detention Receipt. In
case the passengers are not resident in India, they should be requested
to give the name of an authorised representative who would be accepting
the amount due to the passenger from the Department. From the sale proceeds
the customs duty etc., can be deducted and the balance may be sent to