Prohibited and Restricted Goods To/From India

Certain goods are prohibited (banned) or restricted (subject to certain conditions) for import and/or export. These are goods of social, health, environment, wildlife, and security concerns. There is no complete and exhaustive list of all the goods, some of them are listed below:

Prohibited Goods

  • Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances
  • Pornographic and obscene material
  • Counterfeit and pirated goods and goods infringing any of the legally enforceable intellectual property rights
  • Antiquities
  • Aero models (such as remote-controlled toy helicopters) that operate on high radio bandwidths because of their possible interference with the communication networks of security agencies.
  • Indian coins which are covered by the Antique and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
  • Maps and literature where Indian external boundaries have been shown incorrectly, in view of the Government of India.
  • Chemicals mentioned in Schedule 1 to the Chemical Weapons Convention of U.N. 1993.
  • Wildlife products
    1. Human skeleton
    2. Specified sea-shells
    3. Beef, tallow, fat/oil of animal origin
    4. Exotic birds except for a few specified ones
    5. Wild animals, their parts and products
    6. Specified Live birds and animals

Restricted Goods

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Live birds and animals including pets
  • Plants and their produce e.g. fruits, seeds
  • Endangered species of plants and animals, whether alive or dead.
  • Any goods for commercial purposes: for profit, gain, or commercial usage.
  • Radio transmitters not approved for normal usage
  • Importing Gold and Silver, other than ornaments
  • Currency in excess of prescribed limits
  • Telephone and telephony equipment of restricted frequencies
  • Medicines and drugs
  • Certain Animals – Camel, Horses, Cattle
  • Semi processed hides and skins
  • Silkworms, silkworm seeds, and cocoons
  • Family Planning Devices (NOC from Ministry of Health Required)
  • Vintage products, replicas of antiques or weapons
  • Sand and soil
  • Whole human blood plasma and certain products derived from human blood
  • Sandal-wood (except handicraft products & oil)

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