Learn How to Send Personal Effects Shipment to India and China
Amongst the many commodities transported within the DHL Express network, "personal shipments" are one of the most regular occurrences - and for good reason. DHL Express allows for the fastest, all-in, door-to-door service internationally.
More often than not, sending personal items, personal goods, or gifts can incur unnecessary duties, taxes, and even delays. While our certified international experts work round the clock to try and offer the smoothest international transit, you can also take a few pre-emptive steps to allow your shipment to be transported without worry.
Your first basic move should be to get a better understanding of the term ‘personal effects’. These are some of the most commonly shipped items and mainly things that are used for personal use, like clothes or books, etc. So, if you want to ensure all your personal belongings reach India and China in the safest and easiest way possible, it’s good to learn about their customs requirements as well.
What are Personal Effects?
Personal effects are typically items pertaining to personal property usually worn or carried by individuals, and other items that have an intimate relation to the individual. This could be personal documents, items of personal use in the office or at home, and so on.
Things to know about Personal Effects
- Personal effects or personal items are shipments that typically contain used items, gifts, or shipments ready for re-location or moving to another country.
- Sending personal effects in excessive quantities, or what is deemed as excessive by destination customs, is not allowed as these cannot be used for resale or business purposes. For example, sending a few cartons of local snacks is not recommended, as it may alert the customs officers unnecessarily.
TIP: It is highly recommended to ship personal effects in reasonable quantities only.
- Always make sure to clearly list out all the contents within the package on the Air Waybill as well as the shipping invoice, along with the value of each item. The term ‘gift’ or ‘personal effects’ can then be added in the description to allow DHL and customs authorities to clearly identify the intention and purpose of the shipment.
- Providing a clear breakdown of the contents within the shipment will allow the Customs authorities to know whether any prohibited or restricted items are contained within the package or not. For example, if a customer is shipping a used or personal laptop to Malaysia, it will be classified as a personal effect shipment and will also be subject to 5% - 10% SST.
Now that you have a better understanding about personal effects, it is crucial that you know its shipping process from Singapore to India and China. The reason is to simply prevent your shipments from being unnecessarily delayed.
General information for shipping personal effects to India
- As long as the shipment is a parcel, the consignee must provide a Know Your Customer (KYC) and Power of Attorney (POA) along with information that matches the details on the shipment’s AWB and invoice. The consignee can submit their documents at: www.dhlindia-kyc.com.
- All shipments must be assumed as dutiable, which is subject to the Indian Custom’s discretion.
- Used or refurbished goods are restricted.
The table below shows the guidelines for some of the common personal effects items shipped to India. Note that it is applicable for walk-in customers or personal shippers.
|Commodity||India Customs requirement|
|Drugs (Medicine)|| |
|Clothes, shoes and cosmetics|| |
|Mobile phones and electronics|| |
For more information, please read our published guide on the complete shipping process from Singapore to India. Plus, if you are interested to know how to ship oxygen cylinders to India, check out our article on shipping oxygen concentrators from Singapore to India.
General information for shipping personal effects to China
- Invoices to China must be type-written or printed with no manual amendments; however, when it comes to sending personal effects, manual invoices are accepted.
- The receiver is not required to produce a Customs Registration Number (CR) when importing personal effects.
The below table shows the guidelines for some of the common personal effects items shipped to China. Also, note that it is applicable for walk-in customers or personal shippers.
|Commodity||China Customs requirement|
|Drugs (Medicine)|| |
|Mobile phones|| |
|Electronics with lithium battery|| |
If you wish to know the complete shipping process from Singapore to China, then read our published guide for more details and tips.
At DHL Express, we care about customer satisfaction by delivering goods on time and in perfect condition. Besides, improper handling of shipments could pose a huge risk to our network services or worse, customers bearing additional duties or their shipments being confiscated or abandoned. So, no matter what, remember to zoom into the commodities and thoroughly check the customs requirement individually, instead of combining them generically.
To know more about our import and export services, feel free to reach out to us.