Tuesday, July 11, 2017

8,000 expats hit hard by India’s new import rules

Abu Dhabi: Around 8,000 Indians in the UAE, mostly workers and low-income employees, are still waiting for gifts they sent last month through courier companies to be delivered to families and friends in India.
An overnight change in import rules made by the Government of India has resulted in a 41 per cent import duty being imposed on gifts and other goods for personal use since July 1, which has caused the delay, the head of a courier industry body told Gulf News on Monday.

“Around 250 tonnes of cargo has been held up at the Delhi and Mumbai airports since July 1. Cargo service operators were not in a position to clear about 200 tonnes of cargo at Delhi airport and 50 tonnes at Mumbai airport due to the 41 per cent tax imposed on June 30 without any prior notification,” Mohammad Ziad, president of Association of Courier Agents, told Gulf News on Monday.
The association represents 64 cargo businesses in the UAE, offering services to India.
As an average Indian customer sends 30kg to India, the situation has affected more than 8,000 people, Ziad said.
10/07/17 Binsal Abdul Kader/Gulf News