How to Send Phones to India

Updated March 23, 2017

As a result of India's developing economy, its market for mobile phones is booming. The availability of certain types of phones, however, differs from other countries. As a result, you may wish to send phones to India in order to capture the demand for phones that are not easily obtainable in the country. Sending electronics to India is a fairly straightforward process, however abiding by customs regulations in the country of export as well as the country of import will ensure that your phones will be sent hassle-free.

Abide by the Indian regulations regarding International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers. Importing a phone into India without an IMEI is illegal. Check the IMEI of the phone by entering "*#06#" without quotes on the phone's keypad.

Abide by the regulations regarding the exporting of electronics. Many countries forbid the exportation of some mobile phones, especially the newer and cutting-edge models. Check with the customs authority of the country of export before sending phones to India.

Send your phone to India using registered mail. This will ensure that the phone will only be delivered if it is signed for by the recipient, and is thus more secure than regular mail.

Pay the customs excise tax, which is 5 per cent of the present value of electronics arriving in India. This tax may be paid by the person receiving the phone.


Phones may have to be "unlocked" in order to operate on other networks. Unlocking phones may be performed in India as well as the country of export. Consult a mobile phone specialist in order to get a phone unlocked. Due to the relatively high value of the product, consider insuring the shipment before sending it to India.

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