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INDIA: Customs Duty Raised on Toys, Shoes, Houseware, Home Appliances and Electronic Items

The Indian government has raised the Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on a range of imported products, including toys, footwear, houseware and home appliances, as well as a number of furniture items, precious stones, auto parts, and electronic goods. The changes, all of which form part of the country’s 2020 Budget arrangements, are broadly in line with a government commitment to curtail imports and boost domestic production in accordance with the aims of the Make-in-India initiative.

Details of the amended duty rates most likely to affect Hong Kong exporters are listed in the table below, while the full details of the revised rates can be accessed here.


Description of Goods/ProductsBCD before
2 February 2020
BCD effective
2 February 2020
Footwear components15%20%
Tricycles; scooters; pedal-cars and similar wheeled-toys; dolls; carriages; other toys; reduced-size models and similar recreational models; puzzles of all kinds20%60%
Seats and parts of seats (other than aircraft seats and their parts)20%25%
Mattress supports; articles of bedding and related items20%25%
Lamps and lighting fittings (including searchlights and spotlights and parts thereof); illuminated signs and illuminated name plates with a permanently fixed source of light (and parts thereof), except solar lanterns and solar lamps20%25%
Precious Stones and Metals
Uncut rubies, emeralds and sapphires0%0.5%
Rough coloured gemstones0%0.5%
Rough semi-precious stones0%0.5%
Rough synthetic gemstones0%0.5%
Coins of precious metal10%12.5%
Tableware, kitchenware, water filters (of a capacity not exceeding 40 litres) and other household articles of porcelain and china10%20%
Ceramic tableware, kitchenware, clay articles and other similar household articles10%20%
Vacuum flasks and other vacuum vessels, including cases; parts thereof (other than glass inners)10%20%
Home Appliances
Table fans and ceiling fans10%20%
Grinders and mixers10%20%
Coffee and tea makers10%20%
Cookers, cooking plates, grills and roasters10%20%
Electro-thermic fluid heaters10%20%
Electronic Goods
MP3 or MP4 or MPEG4 players (with or without radio or video reception facility)5%10%
Colour television picture tubes for use in the manufacture of cathode ray televisions0%10%
Populated, loaded or stuffed printed circuit boards10%20%
Headphones and earphonesAs applicable15%
Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) of cellular mobile phones10%20%*
Automotive and Auto Parts
Catalytic converter10%15%*
Completely Built Units (CBUs) of commercial vehicles other than electric vehicles30%40%*
CBUs of commercial electric vehicles25%40%*
Semi Knocked Down (SKD) forms of electric passenger vehicles15%30%*
SKD forms of electric vehicles such as trucks, buses and two-wheelers15%25%*
Completely Knocked Down (CKD) forms of all electric vehicles10%15%*
Note: Revised BCD for items marked with an asterisk (*) are to come into effect from 1 April 2020



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