Friend from London has sent a gift …on the airway receipt say value is approx. 780 USD.
It contains electronic items like iphone ,macbook and some custom jewellery.
I got a call from someone in Mumbai (Im in Delhi) and said I have to pay INR 37500 for clearance.
Is it some kind of scam coz I havent got any email or anythng.
How can I simply pay to some person without any verification. I do not know the procedure for custom clearance.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
Procedure for custom clearance in India
1. Custom bill
You would receive a bill from custom department by formal mail.
This custom clearance is done at the port of package entry.
I am not sure why it is Bombay for you. It should be Delhi international airport, if the address on package is Delhi.
2. Courier company contacts buyer
The second point to note is that the mail courier takes care of the package clearance formalities.
Normally, if your friend used a Fedex or UPS as courier, they would themselves get the custom clearance done (without you visiting the post office or custom office).
They will just give you a call to notify and submit some verification documents and then take care of the process.
If the Courier that your friend used in UK does not have any business partner in India, they would normally hand it over to ‘India Post’ for delivering.
You then need to visit the ‘India Post’s’ international package office (in Delhi, you should visit the ‘Foreign India post’s’ post office. I think it is in Kashmere Gate (Near state bus stand)).
Normally, you would visit the ‘Foreign Indian Post Office’ in your city to pay the amount and then they would release the package.
Everything will happen formally and you would receive the bill as well as the receipt.
Do not pay something to someone without any proper authenticated bills.
Here are the details of complete custom process along with documents when somebody send used mobile from US to India using Fedex:
3. Courier company demands documentary proof
They may ask your for KYC (Know your customer form), PAN card and Address proof.
They will also send you the customs bill.
4. Pay Custom duty at the time of Delivery
You can pay the custom duty as shown in the custom bill to the courier delivery boy at the time of delivery.