How To Buy a Laptop or Smartphone from USA to India
Many people want to buy electronic products from USA and have it shipped to India because of price differences (and sometimes better quality products). I get it. But the process of buying something from USA to India isn’t easy. I’ve documented it here. For those of you looking to buy a laptop or smartphone from USA to India, here are the guidelines.
How to buy a laptop from USA to India?
First off, let me tell you that if you have someone living in the USA that is your friend or relative, then use them. They can be of big help. I’ll explain why.
My recommended way of buying a laptop from USA to India is via Amazon. They have international shipping on many eligible products and it makes the whole process so much easy. Why? Go read this article as to what kind of hurdles you have to face when importing something from USA to India. There’s all kinds of things such as shipping address problems, customs duties, delayed shipment etc.
With Amazon global shipping, these problems still exist, but Amazon will handle it for you, so you don’t have to worry over many things. You just have to order the product online, provide your international shipping address (Indian address), pay the customs duty and wait for the product to show up at your doorstep.
So, let’s say you found a nice laptop that you need to buy. Let’s see how you can buy the laptop from US and get it shipped to India.
Step 1 – Find “International Shipping / Amazon Global” eligible laptops
You do this by choosing the “international shipping” or “Amazon Global Eligible” toggle on t he left hand side. (See picture)
Step 2 – Compare the price and check out
Step 3 – Provide shipping address to Indian and give your KYC number
In check out, change the default address and add a new one, that is your international one (India). Don’t forget to add your KYC number (Packages will not clear customs without the recipient’s valid KYC ID Number. Please enter a valid Driver’s License, Voter ID, 16 digit Aadhaar Card or 10 character PAN Card number. The ID Number will be shared with Amazon’s carriers who will use it for KYC and customs clearance. They may reach out to you to collect your proof of address when necessary.
Step 4 – Checkout!
Once you fill in your details, you will be able to checkout like normal and make payment. During this step, Amazon will ask you for preferred shipping and tell you an estimated customs duty.
For example, Amazon Global has three shipping options and the price changes for each type. (See screenshot below)
– AmazonGlobal Standard Shipping (averages 9-12 business days)
– AmazonGlobal Expedited Shipping (averages 5-10 business days)
– AmazonGlobal Priority Shipping (averages 2-4 business days)
So, there you have it. Just by paying some additional shipping charges + customs duty, you can get rid of all the problems you have to go through like I mentioned here > How to buy things from USA to India.
Restrictions on what you can buy from USA to India
Keep in mind that, some items are restricted from Global shipping. Like cell jammers, plant products etc. See the full list here. Also, there are restricted products by size. Standard shipping to certain regions are limited by the overall shipping size which include a maximum length or girth of 108 inches and maximum weight of 70 lbs.
Hi, Mani Karthik here. Having lived in USA, India & Middle East, and worked for big MNC’s to startups, I have a lot to share with you. My aim is to help people, by sharing everything I’ve learned in life, through this blog. It’s read today by more than 150K people world over! I currently live in LA, California and visit India occasionally. Here’s my full story on who I am and why I blog. Connect with me on FB, Instagram, Twitter or WhatsApp (+001-408-489-4785). Happy to help! 🙂