Doubts Discussion: Custom Duties charged for International Shopping

Posted on Feb 7 2014 - 10:00am by poonam

From Anita,

I have one query about custom duties by Indian Govt. I wanted to buy few cosmetics online from Cherry culture(or any foreign online website) and have no idea about Custom duties need to pay . Can you let me know about it.

Doubts Discussion - International Shopping

Me: I haven’t tried international shopping yet as I heard mixed reviews about shopping from International websites. Few of the shoppers have lost their stuff in transit.. that’s why I am just scared to try and than random custom charges imposed by Indian Government. Some shopping websites like and do refund of the custom duty paid but not sure about I am sure there are many who regularly do international shopping and might be able to help you with this.. 🙂

Do you shop from International Shopping Websites? Do share your experience in Comments.. 🙂 

13 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. GowthamiFebruary 7, 2014 at 10:43 PM - Reply

    Recently did from dresslily!! Paid like Rs.700 for 30$ stuff! They have excellent artificial/fashion jewelry items at a gr8 deal! China based..

    • poonamFebruary 10, 2014 at 10:18 PM - Reply

      Thanks a lott Gow for sharing your experience… 🙂
      Just hate when Indian Customs putt such whopping amount of an almost equivalent order value..

      Will check out the website soon.. hope I can make it without customs.. 🙂

  2. sanaFebruary 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM - Reply

    @ Gowthami OMG !!! dresslily is having such bad reviews, i badly wants to know from you, how you got your stuff on time and exactly the same you have ordered and how much time they have taken, i love the dresslily all stuff , But the reviews are scaring me to shop.

  3. RheaFebruary 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM - Reply

    I buy cosmetics and clothes regularly from international shopping sites. I had to pay custom duty twice, once from a package coming from South Africa and once on a bulk order from China. I think they aren’t supposed to charge anything if it’s a personal (not commercial) package and the price is less than Rs.10,000. Both the times that I paid, the price was less than this amount. But the moody customs officials declared that the value of the package was higher :/
    So out of around 50 times, I’ve had to pay customs duty just two times: Rs 900 for the South Africa package and Rs. 2ooo for the China one. So it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be charged, I guess it depends on your luck.

    I apologise for the extra-long comment 😛

    • poonamFebruary 10, 2014 at 10:37 PM - Reply

      Hey Rhea.. Thanks for sharing your personal experience here.. 🙂
      yess i hav ethe same point.. wehn we are buying it for personal use why to pay customss…
      Coustoms in India suckkss…
      u were a lucky lass .. but I must say u do a lott of international shopping… 50 timess.. ohh my.. I am yet to start.. 😛

      I need some more luckk.. 😉
      thats all right dear.. I loved that u explained it all well.. 🙂

  4. LishaFebruary 8, 2014 at 12:01 PM - Reply

    Most of the people I’ve talked to had to pay custom duty for their Cherry Culture orders. The worst part is that they do not refund incase your package gets lost(happened with a friend) Its always best to buy from international sites that offer a refund in case of lost package. If you want to buy NYX from Cherryculture then I suggest B2N. I’ve bought thrice from them and never faced any issue though it took almost a month to reach me! People in Mumbai usually have to pay for custom duty on pretty much everything they order. So if you live in Mumbai then its best to get it delivered elsewhere like Delhi. I haven’t paid a single penny for my orders yet *touch wood*

    • poonamFebruary 10, 2014 at 10:26 PM - Reply

      Ahh.. thats a bummer Lisha.. I have myself been tempted to shop.. as they go on with appealing offers but this internation shipping is scrayyy!!
      I like when sites refund for customs.. its like they are truly addressing the customes concerns and want to make their experience happy!!
      havnt tried B2n.. but will give it a shot sometime soon… 🙂
      Delhi seems to be a great option for international shipping.. now I wanna tryy!! 😀 😀

  5. MayuriFebruary 9, 2014 at 12:57 AM - Reply

    I have ordered from CherryCulture and iHerb. I ordered twice for Cherryculture and did not have to pay anything (I just got lucky I guess) but when I ordered from iHerb I had to pay Rs 1400 towards customs for an order worth 2500. So like Lisha suggested it is best to get it delivered to places where there is lesser possibility of getting charged with customs and then get it shipped to your place 🙂

    • poonamFebruary 10, 2014 at 10:22 PM - Reply

      U r a lucky girll.. 😉 .. but iHerb.. i alos heard so many paying heft customs.. Thats why I am scared to shop from themm..
      Yuppss… this is the best option to avoid customs.. dont know how custom is subjected to cities.. but In India we never know.. anything can happen!! 😛

  6. ArzooFebruary 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM - Reply

    I haven’t done International shopping yet :/

    • poonamFebruary 16, 2014 at 8:23 AM - Reply

      Me neither.. 😛

  7. AnitaFebruary 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM - Reply

    Thanks a lot ladies for all the reviews.

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