eBay is the world's auction markeplace, and its buyers and sellers are international. This could mean that a buyer for your auction may be in India. Shipping an item to India is not challenging, and a visit to a United States Post Office is all that is needed to make sure that your item arrives safely in India.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Permanent marker
Pack your item. A trip to India is a long one, so careful packing of your item is a requirement. Use a new box, carefully tape the edges, and use tape on all of the seams. Use a black permanent marker to place the addresses on the outside of the box, and make sure there is no other writing on the box.
Fill out required customs forms. Shipments to India of merchandise require PS Form 2976-A, Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note CP 72, inside a PS Form 2976-E, Customs Declaration Envelope CP 91. The item must clearly be marked next to the mailing label as merchandise.
Insurance is needed. Insurance is available only for Express Mail international merchandise, and the maximum insured amount is £3,250 per shipment as of 2010.
Ship your package. An international shipment to India requires one to hand the package to a postal employee. They will tell you the amount of the shipping fee, collect payment, and double check to make sure that the forms are filled out correctly.
Tips and warnings
- One cannot send gold, silver or coins through the United States Postal Service to India.
- Be aware that import duty is charged on most packages, and this can be up to 30 per cent as of 2010.
- The maximum length of the box is 36 inches, and the maximum length and girth combined is 79 inches.
- Make sure your item is not on the prohibited list of items that cannot be sent to India.
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