India is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with the most populous democracy in the world. Several Indians are migrating every year and moving abroad for employment opportunities. APAC Relocations is one of the best movers in Singapore and they assist thousands of people to move in and out of Singapore, no matter their nationality. It is important to know the rules and regulations of international movements.

What You Need to Know About Moving to India

India is a home to rich civilization, diverse cultures is Located in Southern Asia, this vibrant country believes in the principle of Atithi Devo Bhava and offers a comfortable world to the people who are planning to move here.

If you are also planning to move India, APAC Relocation can help you. We are a top-notch international moving company in Singapore which can ship your possessions to India safely and efficiently. You name the city and our team of international movers will take care of the rest. Our reliable services are available in cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata and many more.

The list of important documents is exhaustive but here are some of the important documents which are required to be properly managed by the clients:-

  • Passport and Visa
  • Original residence permit –foreigners
  • Employment letter/ Transfer letter
  • Packing List
  • Authority letters
  • In case of vehicles Import licence, Insurance policy, Certificate of Title, Duty exemption certificate, Original manufacturer’s invoice etc.
  • In case of pets Vaccination record, Veterinary health certificate

For a complete list of what required and what not, clients can contact us and our experienced team of packers and movers will be happy to help you with every visa and immigration related issues. We are fully-licensed and insured packers and movers in Singapore and necessary permits which can guarantee secure delivery of your valuables into the ports of India without mutilating any laws.

Whether you are moving from Singapore to City of Taj Mahal, Agra or the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore,  we can customize following shipments modes in accordance with your requirements, possessions, and budget.

  • Air freight
  • LCL (Less than Container) shipments
  • FCL (Full Container) shipments
  • Groupage/shared shipping

Options Available for Shipping to India

Whether you are moving from Singapore to Delhi, Bangalore, Madras, or Kolkata etc. we can customize the following shipment modes in accordance with your requirements, possessions, and budget. If you require a warehouse facility before or after your goods leave your location, you can contact our moving consultant for storage options and rates. We are affordable and reliable storage company in Singapore and offer warehouse options to handle every type and size of residential/commercial relocation.

We offer shipment modes like Air freight, FCL (Full Container) shipments, LCL (Less than Container) shipments, and Groupage/shared shipping to every part of India

Our expert Singapore movers and packers consultants offer a range of comprehensive transit insurance options, clients can choose the one which is right for them and can take a sigh of relief thinking that their possessions are in safe hands. On arrival of your consignment to India, we make sure to safely collect from ports, custom and quarantine clear it, and deliver it to your residence.

Good to Know

  • The expats moving to India can search online and contact real estate agents/brokers for accommodation options on rent like flats, apartments, villas, house etc.
  • There are many public, private, and international school options. For foreigners moving to India private and international schools are the best options. International colleges/schools offer options for students to study from their home country.
  • Hindi is the official language of India and English can be found most widely spoken in Southern part of the country. Diverse religious and ethnic groups exist here and approx. 80% population is Hindu, 12% of people are Muslims, 2% Christians, and religions like Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism can be found.
  • The climate in India varies greatly from area to another. You can experience heavy rainfall/Monsoons during June-August.
  • Do not accept currency notes that have any tears in it, such notes are mostly refused by retailers and cab/auto drivers.

Request a quote online or contact our experts near you and learn how our relocation service could benefit you.

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Documents Required
  • Original passport (copy of Passport duly certified is accepted for diplomats)

  • Valued list of articles with date of purchase

  • Baggage customs declaration signed by owner of the goods

  • Packing list

  • List of electronic items

  • Authority letters (diplomats / non-diplomats, refer to agents for more information)

  • Duty-free exemption certificate issued by diplomatic organization in India

  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / sea waybill / copy of air waybill (AWB)

  • Original residence permit (foreigners)

  • Valid visa / PIO card for foreign nationals

  • Employment letter / transfer letter / assignment letters

Specific Information
  • The packing list must be stamped by the Consulate / the Embassy for diplomatic shipments.

  • The owner of the goods must be present for Customs clearance.

  • All shipments are subject to Customs examination unless a diplomatic shipment.

  • All containers (except diplomat) are offloaded at the point of entry (POE) / (TOE) and reloaded into vans.

  • Foreign nationals must possess a visa valid for 1 year.

  • Indian nationals must have lived abroad for at least 2 years preceding transfer to India and intend to reside in India for a period of at least 1 year.

  • Owner of the goods must have not must not have visited India for more than 180 days in the preceding 2 years.

  • Air shipments must be dispatched from the origin airport within 15 days after the arrival of the owner of the goods in India.

  • Sea shipments must be dispatched from the origin seaport within 1 month after the arrival of the owner of the goods in India.

  • Shipments may arrive at the India airport / seaport 2 months prior to arrival of the owner of the goods; however, the shipment will be subject to demurrage or detention as applicable.

  • Electronic items should be loaded in the front (opening side) of the container or lift-van

  • A list of electronic items should be provided on a separate sheet. IAM Note: Customs regulations are the same throughout India. However, the regulations may be interpreted differently amongst the various Customs offices.

Documents Required
  • Vaccination record

  • Veterinary health certificate

Specific Information
  • Only one cat, dog or parrot may be imported at the time of shipment

  • New items are subject to duties (invoice must be supplied).

  • Customs duties are approximately 15.45% to be levied on the following items:

    • Televisions

    • Digital video disc players

    • Video home theatres

    • Music systems

    • Microwaves

    • Dishwashers

    • Air conditioners

    • Refrigerators above 300 L or equivalent

    • Deep freezers

    • Fax machines

    • Word processors

    • Video cameras

    • Portable photocopying machines

    • Gold or silver in any form other than ornaments

    • Cinematographic films of 35 mm and above

  • Firearms, ammunition and weapons

    • Restricted item must be included with the household goods shipment.

    • A license must be obtained prior to import.

  • Duplicate items or items in sums of excess of Rs. 150,000 (Rs. 500,000 in Delhi and Mumbai) are duties of approximately 36.01 to 61%.

  • Import of foodstuffs / edibles varies between different cities throughout India.It is advisable to check with the respective destination agent and then include in the shipment.

  • The following items may qualify for free import if within the limits indicated:

    • Alcohol (2 L) – transport is recommended as part of the shipment, not as accompanied baggage

    • Wine (2 L)

    • Perfume (59 ml)

    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), tobacco (250 g)

  • Beef and beef products

  • Narcotics, non-branded drugs and psychotropic substances

  • Obscene literature, photographs or films

  • Politically subversive literature.

How APAC Relocation Can Help You

APAC relocation owns a strong network of resources and can manage customs, quarantine, freight services, insurance etc. for its clients. We have a team of experienced moving professionals to aasure you an efficient and smooth relocation to India.


We have helped thousands of expats to successfully move to India every year

Whether you are moving to Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad or Chennai,etc. we can customize the moving plan according to your requirement & budget. With us you can enjoy exclusive benefits like excess baggage shipping, warehouse/storage facility & much more! We offer affordable quotes, insured & safe relocation. APAC provides shipment modes like Air freight, FCL (Full Container) shipments, LCL (Less than Container) shipments, and Groupage/shared shipping to every part of India. Tell us when you're moving & the rest is on us. For more information, read our guide 'moving to India'.

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