Whether you are going on a holiday abroad or for work abroad, you should take an export certificate before you travel.
What is an Export Certificate?
The Export Certificate will allow you to bring back any costly product that you have carried away from India. Let's give you an example. Let's say you travel with a very expensive camera on a holiday trip abroad. Now, when you are back chances are the custom authorities may think that it is a brand new camera imported from abroad and may ask you to pay applicable import duties on them. This is not unfair on the part of the custom authorities since they are doing their duty.
How and Where to Get An Export Certificate In India?
Firstly, you need not pay money for getting an export certificate. At the airport if you have noticed that there are custom officials with their white clothes seated immediately after immigration clearance. You can approach them and ask for an export certificate. Please declare all the items that you feel the officials could question when you are back.
These could include cameras, handycams, laptops etc. Once you carry the export certificate its almost certain that the officials would not trouble you on your way back. The export certificate is valid for a period of three years and after that you would have to undergo a fresh examination of the product and a fresh certificate would be issued.
It's important to remember that any dutiable item carried from abroad would attract duty, unless it is accompanied by an export certificate.
The export certificate would carry the name of the person, serial number of the product and other identifiable things.