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May 8, 2013

The NEW rule on Residency and bringing your pets

The NEW rule on Residency and bringing your pets

India has invented a new rule, its as clear as mud … as expected ! So far agents are telling people they need a ‘residency certificate’ . BUT no one is telling anyone how to get one, what it looks like or how you prove it.


Post in the comments if you have any actual information on this new rule to help others.


Circular No. 15 / 2013-Customs



F. No. 495/16/2012-Cus.VI

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Excise & Customs


                        Room No.253-A, North Block,

New Delhi, 8th  April, 2013.


All Chief Commissioners of Customs,

All Chief Commissioners of Customs (Preventive),

All Chief Commissioners of C.Ex. , Customs & S.Tax.

All Director Generals.


Subject:  Import of Pets under Baggage – reg.

1.          Attention is invited to Board’s Circular No. 94/2002- Customs dated 23.12.2002 on the above cited subject wherein it was provided that import of pets upto two numbers per passenger may be allowed at one time subject to the production of the required health certificate the tao of badass from the country of origin and examination of the same by the concerned Quarantine officer.

2.         Board has re-examined the present policy of import of two pets by passengers in view of representations received in this regard. Accordingly, it has been decided to allow import of two pet animals with the vacuum for pet hair baggage only to persons transferring their residence to India after two years of continuous stay abroad in terms of Baggage Rules 1998 subject to production of the required health certificate from the country of origin and examination of said pets by the concerned Quarantine Officer at this end. This new dispensation shall come into force with effect from 15th April 2013. Import of animals (pets) in general would continue to be governed by DGFT policy.

3.         Board’s Circular No. 94/2002 – Customs dated 23.12.2002 stands modified accordingly to that extent.

4.         These instructions may be brought to the notice of the trade/airlines/carriers by issuing suitable Trade / Public Notices.  Suitable Standing orders/instructions may be issued for the guidance of the field officers.

5.         Difficulties faced, if any, may be brought to the notice of the Board immediately.


I just found some more info on qualifying for residency transfer… ( http://mumbaicustoms3.gov.in/htmldocs/tr.htm )

Rules Regarding Transfer of Residence
What is Transfer of Residence ?
Transfer of Residence (TR) is a facility provided to a person (either an Indian or a foreign passport holder, whether a minor or not and even a student) who intends to transfer his/her residence to India after a stay abroad of at least two years. This facility allows the person and his/her family to import personal and household articles free of duty and certain other listed items on payment of a concessional rate of duty.
What are the conditions of eligibility for availing Transfer of Residence ?
i) Minimum stay of two years abroad, immediately preceding the date of the passenger’s arrival on transfer of residence. Shortfall of up to 2 months in stay abroad can be condoned by Assistant Commissioner of Customs if the early return is on account of – (i) terminal leave or vacation being availed of by the passenger, or (ii) any other special circumstances.(ii) Total stay in India on short visits during the 2 preceding years should not exceed 6 months. Commissioner of Customs may condone short visits in excess of 6 months in deserving cases.(iii) Passenger or any member of his family have not availed this concession in the preceding three years.

(iv) The person claiming this benefit affirms by declaration that no other member of the family had availed, or would avail this benefit within the above time-period. The term “family” includes all persons in the same house and forming part of the same establishment.


Note : Earlier there was a clause of minimum stay in India of 1 year after taking TR. This has since been abolished
December 19, 2011

Smog time

Smog time

Welcome to India in December

This is India in winter, smog… sorry officially FOG.. cant say smog as it gives the wrong impression I am told!  Its really smog, lots of diesel engines with poor emissions standards (yes a brand new car/bus/truck blowing black smoke is not a EU emiission standard I am sorry India… even if you do put a sticker on the bumper saying is conforms to EU standards…)

But this is the view every morning for the next 2 months… its weird as it looks like fog but you go stand outside and you can tell its not wet and 100% humidity like in true fog, there is no feeling of being in a wet cloud.

October 26, 2011

Death by Diwali

This is what happens when logic doesnt prevail (normal here) and they allow firecrackers to be set off in the middle of 2 apartment buildings. The last 5 seconds is where you see the results….

January 22, 2011

Its the smog season

Looking towards Kolkata Airport

This is what its like at this time of year in India, all over India! Its smog. Kolkata and Delhi get the worst of it , I suspect the main reason for this is the humans.

Walking outside this morning to sit and drink my coffee and read the local rags , of course you have to content with the air. We have lived in many countries with smog and dirty air we are used to this. The one difference is the smell in India.

The air smells of burning plastics and rubber products, with the hint of burnt wood . Wood I like the smell of, but the plastics is a little bit much. Add to it the high sulphur diesel thats used in all the cars and trucks and we have a lot of smog when the   high pressure systems are over India….sad.

Looking towards Salt Lake City, on a clear day you can see this city center from here!

September 11, 2009

Cleaning the plane

What a cruisy week this has been, it started with a monday of not much, just cleaning the plane, Tuesday we did a small small trip to Ranchi (30minutes away), then another day cleaning and a couple of half days in the office.

Ranchi the flight to and from it was ok, just the normal thunderstorms to fly around, but the arrival was a bit strange and hectic. The weather although cloudy with some low clouds was ok, there were breaks in the cloud where you could see the ground, it was a little windy so the air was clear but still the automated weather reporting machine at the airport that the air traffic controller was using to asses the visibility was saying 2500m, even though it looked like there was more than 10km visibility to us. For the first time since I have been here the air traffic controller asked what our required minimums for landings were, of course I hadnt looked at the minimums apart from what was written on the instrument approach plate. But here in India there is a rule, that says for the first 100hrs of flying in a plane in India, even though you may have thousands of hours flying the plane in another country, that the air is different here and for the first 100 hrs you must increase the landing minimums, specifically making sure the visibility isn’t low. For this we have whats called the Z plate, or the 10-9Z chart that lists these increased minimums for each airport for new pilots. Of course after she asks this question I then look at the Z plate and realize we need 3200m visibility to be reported at least before we can even start the approach. By this time we are over the top of the airport, passengers in the back needing to be on the ground for a TV interview in 1 hr, and at the moment no way to land. But after setting up the plane to enter the hold (the poor FO was still lost as per normal) I realized that we could do the ILS (instrument landing system) approach to the other direction as its visibility minimums are higher even for a person learning to fly like me but the wind was right on the 10kt tailwind limit. It took a little convincing but finally the air traffic controller allowed us to land on the other runway. It was the FO’s leg, so I asked him if he’s comfortable doing this, he says he is but not flying the thing….ohh …so we transition to me being the pilot flying.  Get the plane configured and setup for the new approach and new runway and 10 minutes behind schedule we land uneventfully. They park us on ‘the old apron’ which is about 500 ft of taxi way that suddenly ends with a washout and 50ft dropoff (and nothing to mark this of course), and a tiny weed ridden parking area off it, just big enough to turn around on. We then sit and wait in the unairconditioned terminal for the next 4 hrs…lucky I bought a book! The FO still being new to this corporate flying and hurry and and wait way of life still doesn’t carry a computer or book with him…instead he sits around moping that his bored. I of course have absolutely no sympathy for him, and continue reading my Jeremy Clarkson book enjoying my couple of hours of nothing while he tries to doze off in a busy, hot, noisy airline terminal.

We did some cleaning of the plane also this week. Now in the USA you would never clean a corporate jet as a pilot, we have people and cleaning services to do this. But here I like the change of scenery it gives me, sure its stinking hot and the hanger has no flow thru, so its like being in a oven, but its much better than the office. Plus its kind of relaxing to sit there are clean. We have no water in the hanger so this has created a problem, the Indian way of cleaning a car or plane for that matter is to use a wet rag and wipe it down….. bad idea. As you can see by looking at our jet, its covered in scratches, even the inside all the high gloss wood work inside is scratched to shit. But I remembered when they would clean our jets at the last job they would do it out in the open without water, and I remembered the stuff they used, its called Wash and Wax All. Its amazing stuff it  comes as a concentrate, you mix it with water, spray it on and wipe it off (well this takes a little arm work actually) and presto you have a sparkling shiny plane that looks like new. It would be great for a car, I don’t know why the company doesn’t sell it in walmart or some store like that it would sell like hot cakes.

Talking of Walmart, have you seen the new site People of Walmart. Also, if you are in need of a Highland Park house cleaning service, look no further than HourMaid.
Oh its funny, its pics people take of what people do in walmart and more importantly how they dress.. have a look http://peopleofwalmart.com/