How to send a package to India?

How to send a package to India?

Are you a company or an individual
and you send parcels or documents to India?

Are you a company or a private individual who wants to send goods or documents to India on a regular or occasional basis, reliably, quickly, and at a good rate?

On, the first shipping comparison service in Switzerland, you can book shipping at a low price and a fast service from professional carriers such as FedEx, UPS, Aramex, or TNT. This way, you benefit from reductions of up to -70% on the public fare thanks to the agreements we have negotiated with our partner carriers.

Official language in India is English and Hindi, with Hindi being the most widely spoken language.

When sending a parcel to India, make sure to spell the name and address correctly. This can help speed up the shipping process and prevent returns.

Customs formalities for India
Required documents

When sending a parcel from Switzerland to India, please enclose the proforma invoice that is automatically generated by Expedismart. When sending a new product, you have just purchased, the proforma invoice is not the receipt you received from the shop. The proforma invoice is used to inform customs about the contents of your package. If you resell the goods after they arrive in the country, the shipment must be accompanied by a commercial invoice, which can also be created automatically on Expedismart. For high value goods, we advise you to take out insuranceThe cost of insurance is 1% of the declared value of the goods. If desired, you can take out this insurance directly when preparing the shipment. Expedismart has a partnership with the insurance company AXA Winterthur.

Compare services and prices for shipping to India. In addition, you can choose the partner transporter (FedEx, UPS, Aramex, or TNT) that will collect your parcel at the time of your choice and deliver it safely to India.

Necessary information for pro forma or commercial invoice

  •  Complete address of the recipient and sender (as well as e-mail address and telephone number)
  •  Contents and value of the package
  •  Signature and date
  • Please fill out the documents in English or the spoken language of the region


  •  Full address
  •  Proforma document
  •  Customs declaration
  •  No banned goods

Delivery of goods in India?
Customs tariffs

Import duties in the country of destination are based on the local goods and services tax and the standard VAT of 18% or 12% in India. Furthermore, they depend on the type of shipment and its declared value. However, the Indian government charges a customs handling fee of 1% on all imports in addition to the calculated import dutiesPlease note that for some goods, Indian customs levy even higher duties, so do not hesitate to contact us before sending.

The total duty payable (for most goods) = Basic customs Duty + Customs handling fee

Some goods are not permitted for import into India.

Make sure you are not sending unauthorised goods to India. The following list may vary depending on the carrier (FedEx, DHL, UPS, TNT, or Aramex).

  • Narcotic drugs
  • Pornographic and obscene material
  • Counterfeit and pirated goods
  • Antiquities
  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Ivory
  • Wildlife products
  • Maps and/or literature that incorrectly show the external boundaries of India
  • Medications (restrictions)
  • Second-hand electronics (restrictions)
  • Other second-hand goods (restrictions)

Restrictions: Some additional documents and details are required when shipping

* This list may be amended by the country of destination.

If you are unsure whether your item falls into the category “prohibited goods”, please contact us by phone or e-mail. We will be happy to provide you with information!

How to send a parcel to India?
Shipping food

  • Make sure the food is in its original packaging
  • Packaging must be sealed
  • Label contains all ingredients
  • Expiry date of at least six months

Making express shipments to India
Fragile goods

When shipping fragile or delicate items to India, it is important to pack the contents properly to protect them. Use sufficient cushioning material such as newspapers, bubble wrap or foam sheets, this is remarkably effective.

Delivery times

On you benefit from fast and easy shipping to India. To ensure timely delivery, please make sure that your parcel contains the complete and correct address as well as the recipient’s email address and a mobile or landline number.

Pick-ups and deliveries in India
Festive days

When sending your parcel, be aware of the many public holidays in India. Please remember that your parcels will not be delivered during these holidays.

  • 26 January: Republic Day (adoption of constitution of India – 1950)
  • 15 August: Independence Day (Independence from the United Kingdom – 1947)
  • 2 October: Gandhi Jayanti (Birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – 1869)

These three national days are celebrated in all states and territories of India. However, there are more public holidays depend on the region and religion.

Tracking of express parcels to India
Track your shipment

If you have already made a shipment to India, use the tracking of your shipment on

Most of our customers ship their parcels to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, and Jaipur.

If you have any questions or uncertainties, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone (+41 022 575 61 16), e-mail ( or via the contact form.