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How to Send a Laptop to India from USA: 10 Ways

Laptops in the USA are cheaper than they are in India, says an article on The Telegraph. The reason for this is that American companies like Google, Dell, Microsoft, etc., selling in their home country, have to pay tax once. On the other hand, when they sell in India, they pay sales tax and import duty in India and income tax in the US. Moreover, the non-US companies like Lenovo, HTC, Asus, etc., prefer to export large numbers of their laptops to USA compared to India, help them sell to US retailers at a lower rate.

The good news, however, is that you can easily send laptops throughout the world, including India, from the United States, using a shipping company or a parcel service. Here’s a look at the 10 ten options.

Related: How to buy things in USA and ship to India

10 Ways to Send a Laptop from USA to India

Personal Help: If you have a friend or family member living in America, they can carry the laptop along with their luggage, when making their way to India. This is indeed the cheapest yet most trustworthy means to send a laptop to India, since there are no additional fee, like delivery charges, associated.

Import Through a Logistics-Based Startup: Logistics based startups, like Speedbox, operating through a mobile app and offering affordable rates, can have your parcel picked up and delivered anywhere in the world, through their effortless shipping options.

DHL Courier Service: DHL, operating in over 220 countries and territories across the globe, is part of the world’s leading postal and logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL Group. They have very advanced warehousing services that, other than storage, include packaging and repairs as well. With DHL, you can be absolutely sure of your laptop reaching India safely.

FedEx: FedEx shipping service provides time-definite and customs-cleared delivery, typically in 3 business days. The shipment is also backed up by the FedEx money back guarantee. FedEx offers a simple tool to obtain a rate quote and determine the expected delivery date of your laptop to India and time for your shipment.

UPS: UPS is one of the three biggest shipping carriers in USA. It really becomes economical to ship via UPS if your package exceeds 3 pounds. An average laptop weighs somewhere around 5 pounds. You can track your package to find out exactly where it is through its journey.

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Bombino Express: Bombino Express, operating between India, USA, the UK, Middle East and the rest of the world, is also known to deliver electronic items, including laptops, from USA to India, without any additional cost.

USA Box: A package and mail forwarding service like USA Box is by far the cheapest and safest way to send a laptop from the US to India through a logistics service. Other than providing 100% free insurance, they will also check for damage and repacking on request to make sure you receive your laptop in good condition.

Shop USA: Another package and mail forwarding service, Shop USA is specially meant for those who shop from online stores in the US and want to ship their purchase to India.

Borderlinx: Shipping to 60 countries, Borderlinx includes repackaging and consolidating multiple packages.

To check how much duty you have to pay on imported electronics to India, check this post.

Also read: How to send gifts to India

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  • Thanks for this wonderful blog.I am planning to buy a Macbook Pro 13 in U.S through my friend. As he couldn’t come to India right now, He suggests me to get it through FedEx. The laptop costs 1800USD in total. I asked him to login using his Apple ID and use it for a couple of weeks. Can I get it now through FedEx without Customs duty in India?

  • Hi,

    Your blog is really useful and interesting to read.

    Concern: I have been planning to buy Alienware 17 R5 Laptop from United states, there are few of my friends staying there to whom i talked with, they agreed to send that laptop through FedEx or UPS. Only problem is customs! I have no idea what is customs is and how much they will charge to import that to India.

    I need you help in this matter, to how i can import that to India. And how they will charge?

    Thanks
    Rohit

  • Dear Mani,
    My friend got me a laptop from Alabama last December. There was a fault with it and he took it back this February. The company agreed to replace it with a new one. Now my friend has the new laptop at his place in Alabama.

    The laptop weighs 4.74lbs and I would want him to ship it to the pin code 625531.

    What is the cheapest and safest way he can send the laptop from there? Will there be custom on this?

  • hi mani,
    this is mellow.I have a small doubt about duties and taxes :
    how much money i have to pay as duties and taxes for a 1200$ laptop……

    • Hi Mellow,

      According to a new provision passed by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in India, the C.I.F value of import of consumer electronic items for personal use is enhanced to 50,000 INR (from INR 2,000). Which means you can now import consumer electronic items like smartphones from US and other countries to India, which costs up to 50,000 Rupees without any custom duty OR very less customs duty (earlier it was a flat 42% of original price).

      But for a $1200 laptop, you can expect duty somewhere within the range of 25 – 50%. There is no table we could use to figure out the corresponding price. Usually it’s the customs duty officer who decides the duty. However if you can prove that it is a used item, then there would not be any duty.

      More info here – https://news.manikarthik.com/buy-usa-ship-to-india/india/

      • how will i be able to prove them? i mean if i am using Fed Ex then how will i be able to communicate with the customs officer as they themselves look after customs right? I am planning to purchase a used laptop from EBAY USA and i will be mostly using FedEx. I was thinking to request the seller to show the price below 50,000 but as its used laptop so i dont have a format so that i can tell the seller to print it and send it along with the laptop to save customs duty.

        • If you use Fedex then you are very likely to get a fee on it. One thing you could do is insist that it’s a used laptop and ask them to verify (open).

      • Sir,
        If I can’t prove that it isn’t an used laptop and I also couldn’t afford to pay the customs duty amount, what will happen to my laptop parcel?

        Thanks for this wonderful blog.I am planning to buy a Macbook Pro 13 in U.S through my friend. As he couldn’t come to India right now, He suggests me to get it through FedEx. The laptop costs 1800USD in total. I asked him to login using his Apple ID and use it for a couple of weeks. Can I get it now through FedEx without Customs duty in India?

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