To add to the above comments " But, a closer look at the notification reveals a very big defect, as the exemption provided for the import of .177 air rifles and pistol for registered shooters no longer stands."
One of my friend recently imported .177 Benjamin Marauder ( dated 27 Feb 2012 ) with Pump and an additional rotatory Magazine and Fedex informed that there was a customs charge incured Rs. 3000+ as import duty. I am waiting to see the Details on the same from my friend.
Appreciate if there is any additional update from anybody who recently imported.
So not sure if any one has the latest Customs Amendment Copy on Import Policy, Please share the same to the group .
I received my Hammerli air rifle after about 121 days of wait.
Supreme court OKed on 5th Jan.
Delhi High Court and Customs took a whole month to realize this, and OKed on 5th Feb.
FedEx took another 21 days to realize this and sent mine for clearance on 26th Feb (Date of landing was 14th Nov 2011)
I finally received it, after about a hundred emails, countless calls, etc, on the 4th March! (They even charged me 7500/-) for 'Warehouse charges'. A FedEx person said I should send a legal notice to get a reimbursement if I wanted to drag them to court on their delay in following the reverted rule. However, to get back about 3 weeks' warehouse charges, I need to spend twice that! Shame!
The way the delivery guy put the parcel down in front of the gate was proof enough that FedEx's boasting of International standards was just as corrupt as a neta-lie!
The rifle has several bruises, scratches and a shattered rear sight, thus successfully destroying my much awaited 'New Gun' experience.
Thank You FedEx, for making me realize I am in India and have to live a life with such short-comings and unprofessional service! Blokes like you make life hell for everyone. If the same had happened else, dragging Delhi High Court under a contempt of Supreme Court case, an RTI soliciting an apology and damage charges against Customs, as well as bringing FedEx to 'sincerely' apologize for their pathetic service, would all be reasonable. But given the fact that official favors, bribes and 'good office' works best in India, those on the right path can only crib and post about it.... to be read and forgotten soon!
Ayways... ribaalber ... to answer your question in simple words - I got mine finally released from Delhi
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