Clearing India Customs

Shipping your products to India can be a difficult and frustrating process. If your products are stuck in customs, regardless of the reason, delays and storage fees will add up quickly. Years of experience assisting our customers have taught us how to anticipate and address the biggest challenges in the process of importing into India. India customs clearance requires focusing on the following four areas:

  • Obtaining the proper product certifications
  • Choosing the correct HS (Tariff) code
  • Shipping the product
  • Proving your products do not require certification

Choosing the Correct HS (Tariff) Code

Not all HS (Tariff) codes are created equal.  The HS code chosen for your product can affect the customs clearance process and the types of certifications required for your product to enter the India market.

Some products can even fall under multiple HS (Tariff) codes. In these situations, choosing one particular code can be more advantageous than the others, and it could save you precious time while you work to clear the product through India Customs. G&M Compliance has years of experience using these codes and can help you choose the best code for your product in order to avoid getting stuck in Indian customs.

Shipping the Product

Shipping product into India requires a shipping company and an Expediter.  An Expediter is the party that verifies the product being shipped is compliant with Indian regulations. Both of these parties require the paperwork to match the rest of the shipping game plan, and ensuring you have everything in order can help prevent costly delays in Indian customs. G&M can manage the shipping process to help streamline the overall Indian certification process.

Product Certifications

Depending on the type of product you are shipping into India, you may need one or more government-mandated certification marks, including the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the Wireless Planning & Coordination Wing (WPC). G&M has worked with Indian certification bodies since the inception of Indian certification requirements, and we have developed the expertise and strategic relationships to get products certified efficiently and effectively.

Proving Your Products Do Not Require Certification

Not all products require certification in order to export to India, but it is important to prove your exemption the right way to avoid getting stuck in customs. For products that are exempt from BIS certification, it can be difficult to produce proper documentation to prove that your product is exempt. G&M Compliance uses existing relationships to obtain confirmation straight from the Indian authorities, ensuring it will be recognized by India customs clearance authorities.


G&M has assisted clients who:

  • are just starting the BIS certification process
  • are stuck in customs, regardless of being BIS exempt
  • are stuck in customs due to improper documentation
  • are working to renew existing BIS or WPC certifications
  • have special circumstances associated with their product

 G&M Compliance has helped clients clear customs in India for years, and we use our relationships with certification bodies—as well as years of experience dealing with your challenges—to ensure a smooth certification process for you and your products. G&M can help you obtain BIS and/or WPC certification in order to export to India, as well as renew and track certifications with the Certificate Alert and Tracking System (CATS).

For more information or to request a quote, please contact us. G&M is here to work through your India customs challenges!