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What are the rules regarding the import of unaccompanied baggage ?
The articles of baggage which a passenger purchased / was using abroad and which could not be brought along with him/her, can be brought after arrival of the passenger as unaccompanied baggage. This can be cleared at any of the international airports, Customs Ports, Land Customs Stations and Inland Container Depots (ICDs).
1. All provisions of Baggage Rules are also extended to unaccompanied baggage except where they have been specifically excluded.
2. The unaccompanied baggage had been in the possession abroad of the passenger and is dispatched within one month of his arrival in India or within such further period as the Assistant Commissioner of Customs may allow.
3. The unaccompanied baggage may land in India upto two months before of the passenger or within such period, not exceeding one year, the Assistant Commissioner of Customs may allow, for reasons to be recorded, if he is satisfied that the passenger was prevented from arriving in India within the period of two months due to circumstances beyond his control, such as sudden illness of the passenger or a member of his family, or natural calamities or disturbed conditions or disruption of the transport or travel arrangements in the country or countries concerned on any other reasons, which necessitated a change in the travel schedule of the passenger.
4. No free allowance is admissible in respect of unaccompanied Baggage.
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