Importing foreign cars has now been made easier than ever as a set of guidelines and procedures has been announced by the Indian Government
Central Government has introduced new guidelines for importing foreign cars into India and in fact it has been made easier now. We take you through every step you need to know before importing a qualified vehicle: Firstly, it should not have been produced or assembled in India and moreover not sold or loaned or leased before importation.
Before importing into India, the vehicle should not have been registered for use in any other nation according to the laws of that country. The main criteria for importing foreign cars are it should have some necessary requirements to be recognised as drivable in India. The speedometer should be indicated in kilometers per hour as opposed to miles per hour in other countries.
As you might have guessed it, it should be right hand drive and have controls related to it – applicable for all vehicles other than two or three wheelers. The cars should also stick by the regulations under Motor Vehicle Act 1988 and photometry of the headlamps to suit keep-left traffic. The country of manufacture should also be a single market like the European Union.
The private or dealer importer or someone importing for specific purposes or an organisation should have valid certificate of compliance as per the rule 126 of 1989 Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR) issued by testing agencies. They will be deemed responsible for issuing Form 22, and all the provisions assigned to the manufacturer as per 122 and 138 rules of aforementioned CMVR.
The importer responsible should give an undertaking in writing for proof of compliance to production confirmation under 126A rule of CMVR within six months after bringing the car into India. No further import will be allowed if the certificate is not submitted within the stipulated time period. The overseas vehicles can only be imported via specific channels as well.
It is permitted through customs ports at Cochin, ICD-Tughlakabad and Delhi Air Cargo, Nhava Sheva, Kolkata, Chennai and Chennai Airport, Mumbai Port and Mumbai Air Cargo Complex, ICD Talegaon Pune, ICD Faridabad, Ennore port, Kattupalli Port and APM Terminals, Pipavav Port , along with LCS Benapole / Petrapole and LCS Agartala for new motorcycles.