To prevent harassment to passengers, the government on Thursday proposed increasing the limit of duty-free import of jewellery via passenger baggage to Rs 50,000 for men and Rs 1,00,000 for women.
The rule has been amended for the Indian passenger who has been residing abroad for over a year or a person who is transferring his residence to India.
“Gold prices have risen since (1991), and passengers have complained of harassment. Hence, I propose to raise the duty-free limit to Rs 50,000 in the case of a male passenger and Rs 1,00,000 in the case of a female passenger, subject to the usual conditions,” Finance Minister P Chidambaram said in his Budget speech for 2013-14 fiscal.
Since 1991, the passenger limit for bringing jewellery has been Rs 10,000 for men and Rs 20,000 for women.
New Delhi, the 1st March, 2013
No. 25/2013-Customs (N.T.)
G.S.R. (E). – In exercise of the powers conferred by section 79 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Baggage Rules, 1998, namely:-
1. (1) These rules may be called the Baggage (Amendment) Rules, 2013.
(2) They shall come in to force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
2. In the Baggage Rules, 1998,-
(a) in rule 10, for the words “rupees six hundred” at both the places where they occur, the words, “rupees one thousand five hundred” shall be substituted;
(b) in Appendix D, in column (2), for items, (i) and (ii), the following items shall be substituted, namely:-
“(i) Jewellery upto an aggregate value of 50, 000 by a gentleman passenger, or
(ii) Upto an aggregate value of 1, 00,000 by a lady passenger.”;
(c) in Appendix F, in the column relating to ‘Articles allowed free of duty’, in item (a), for the words “jewellery upto ten thousand rupees by a gentleman passenger or rupees twenty thousand by a lady passenger” the words “jewellery upto fifty thousand rupees by a gentleman passenger or one lakh rupees by a lady passenger” shall be substituted.