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Parcel to India

Parcel to India

Parcel to India

With a population of over 1.2 billion people, India is the world’s largest democracy with rich historical and commercial links to the UK. A country with a fast growing economy and diverse cultures, you can see why India must enjoy frequent and heavy postal traffic. Which is why when sending a parcel to India, you need to put your trust in the best courier services with Postage Planet

We will always ensure your parcel is signed for on delivery. The best part is that we offer all these services without the need for an account.

Whether you want to send a parcel to Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta or any other region of the country, it can be easily done with Postage Planet. Get a quote and choose from our courier options to send a parcel to India.

India Facts

India is a vast South Asian country with diverse terrain – from Himalayan peaks to Indian Ocean coastline – and history reaching back 5 millennia. In the north, Mughal Empire landmarks include Delhi’s Red Fort complex, massive Jama Masjid mosque and Agra’s iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum. Pilgrims bathe in the Ganges in Varanasi, and Rishikesh is a yoga center and base for Himalayan trekking.

The capital of India is New Delhi

The national symbol of India is the endangered Bengal Tiger

India has the second largest population in the world with over 1.2 billion people (July 2014)

Many different languages are spoken in India. The main ones are Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, and Urdu

Benefits for UK businesses exporting to India include:

  • ·         English widely spoken
  • ·         common legal and administrative history
  • ·         rising personal incomes creating a new middle class consumer market
  • ·         gateway to south east Asian markets

Strengths of the Indian market include:

  • ·         fast growing economy with one of the world’s largest youth populations
  • ·         expanding emerging cities with more than 50 cities now over a million people
  • ·         availability of skilled, low cost workforce
  • ·         good network of banks, financial institutions and an organised capital market

 Economic growth

India has carried out a slow but steady programme of economic openness since the early 1990s. After a growth of 7.3% in 2014 the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by about 7.3% in 2015. It forecasts growth of about 7.5% for 2016.

India has removed the majority of its trade barriers to improve the business environment. This includes:

  • ·         reducing tariffs to an average of 13% in 2014/5 from an average of 71% in 1993
  • ·         removal of quantitative restrictions on imports in 2001, opening up the economy to foreign businesses and allowing overseas investment in multiple sectors

Huge investment potential exists in sectors such as life sciences, manufacturing, energy and infrastructure. India has:

  • ·         the third largest biotech industry in the Asia Pacific region, expected to be a USD 100 billion industry by 2025
  • ·         reduced the mandatory documents required for import and export to only 3 each
  • ·         one of the fastest growing telecom market in the world.

UK and India trade

UK/India bilateral trade in goods and services was £18.94 billion in 2014. In 2014 UK exported goods worth £6.35 billion to India and services valued at £2.24 billion.

UK’s top 10 goods exports to India include:

  • ·         non-ferrous metals (mainly silver)
  • ·         non-metallic mineral manufactures (mainly gems and jewellery)
  • ·         power generating machinery and equipment
  • ·         metalliferous ores and metal scrap
  • ·         general industrial machinery and equipment
  • ·         electrical machinery and appliances
  • ·         professional, scientific and controlling instruments and apparatus
  • ·         transport equipment and machinery specialised for particular industries

The UK’s main exports in terms of services are:

  • ·         travel and transport
  • ·         business services such as consulting and publishing
  • ·         financial services

Prohibitions and restrictions vary from country to country, and can sometimes apply to items which you may think are ordinary. The information below is provided in good faith, but Postage Planet is not responsible for it, and it should be viewed as a guide only. Specific restrictions and changes may be enforced at short notice, so for clarification please contact the destination country's trade, postal, and customs authorities as appropriate.

India prohibits specific items and products from entering the country. This list includes:
 

  • ·         Many types of animal fat,
  • ·         Baby gender prediction kits,
  • ·         Wild meat products,
  • ·         Endangered plants and animals,
  • ·         Money orders,
  • ·         Natural abrasive products,
  • ·         Credit cards with no signature,
  • ·         Jewellery containing precious metals and stones.