Difference between imports and re imports

What does the term Imports mean? What is Re Imports?


How to differentiate between re Imports and Imports?


What does Imports mean?


In a simple language, Imports mean movement of goods to a country from another country.

Difference between imports and re imports

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I will explain the difference between re Imports and Imports in a simple language to make you easy to understand.



If we categories imports as import of domestic goods and import of foreign goods, the difference between import and re import makes easier to follow. In simple terms, imports mean movement of goods from a foreign country to the domestic country. Re-imports means import of domestic goods which already exported from the domestic country to a foreign country.


Let me simplify once again about imports and re imports easy to understand below.


If any goods manufactured outside a country which moves in to a country, such movement of goods are called ‘Imports’. However, if any goods already exported in to another country and the same goods are again imported back to home country, such movement of goods is called ‘Re Imports’.


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mei ling: I hope you can enlighten me in the following matter. We have exported 4200pcs LCD parts to customer in India. Unfortunately 600pcs of wrong parts were shipped. We are required to ship the 600pcs correct items and to obtain a return of the 600pcs wrong items. Since the customer would have already declared and paid the IGST for the total 4200pcs , the 600pcs correct parts which we intended to ship does it attract another 18% IGST? If so can the re-exported 600pcs obtained a refund? Also we will prepare a proforma invoice for the re-ship of the 600pcs correct items. We have stated as no commercial value since it is a exchange of parts . Our customer is not expected to Pay under this proforma invoice . Will the commercial invoice still attract IGST? Can we declare a lower value for in the proforma invoice (see attachment) as it is only intended to facility shipment only. I shall look forward to a reply from you

Inocencio: Good day, In the case presented, you will not have to pay Duties to the replacement of the goods wrongly delivered. Your client has to inform the Customs Authorities in India through his Agent of the return of the goods. Generally, before the Authorization is granted, Customs has to do physical examination and approve the request to RETURN the goods. Therefore, you wont be Importing neither to your Country no to your Customer.

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