The term “Prohibited Goods” has been defined in sub section 33 of Section 2 of the Customs Act thereby meaning  “any goods the import or export of which is subject to any prohibition under the Customs Act or any other law for the time being in force”.

Import and export of some specified goods may be restricted/ prohibited under other laws such as Foreign Trade (Development& Regulation) Act, Foreign Trade Policy,  Environment Protection Act, Wild Life Act,The Foreign Exchange Management Act, The Trade Marks Act, Arms Act, Drugs & Cosmetics Act, etc. Prohibitions under those Acts will also be treated as  Prohibitions under  the penal provisions of the Customs Act, rendering such goods liable to confiscation under section 111(d) of the Customs Act (for import) and 113 (d) of the Customs Act (for export).

Some of the prohibitions and restrictions both for imports and exports are listed below:

Prohibited items (these are indicative only and not exhaustive):

  • Fire Arms
  • Pornographic and obscene materials
  • Maps and literature where Indian external boundaries have been shown incorrectly.
  • Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
  • Counterfeit goods and goods violating any of the legally enforceable intellectual property right
  • Chemicals mentioned in Schedule 1 to the Chemical Weapons Convention of U.N. 1993.
  • Wild life including its products and endangered species of plants and animals whether live or dead
  • Specified Live birds and animals
  • Wild animals, their parts and products
  • Exotic birds except a few specified ones
  • Import of beef in any form and products containing beef in any form.
  • Specified Sea
  • shells
  • Human skeleton
  • Reptiles skin
  • Sex determination kits
  • Import of mobile handsets without IMEI number or with all zeros IMEI and CDMA mobile phones without electronic serial number (ESN)/Mobile equipment Identifier (MEID) or with all zeros as ESN/MEID.
  • Drawal of foreign exchange for travel to Nepal and/or Bhutan.
  • Any other item as notified from time to time

Restricted items (these are indicative only and not exhaustive):

  • Radio transmitters not approved for normal usage.
  • Arms and ammunition.
  • Medicines and drugs
  • Vintage products, replicas of antiques or weapons
  • Whole human blood plasma and certain products derived from human blood.
  • Sandal
  • wood (except handicraft products & oil)
  • Import of Multichannel GSM/CDMA receivers, transmitters and transreceivers capable of receiving or transmitting or both in two or more frequencies simultaneously.
  • Any goods in trade quantity brought as part of passenger’s baggage for commercial purpose, for profit or gain.
  • Export and import of Indian currency in excess of permissible limits.
  • Any other item as notified from time to time.
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