Mumbai customs seizes 500 packages from Shein’s official Indian seller Sino India Etail
Customs authorities in Mumbai have seized around 500 parcels belonging to Sino India Etail Pvt. Ltd., the official Indian retailer for the Chinese fast fashion brand Shein. The business was allegedly undervaluing clothing imports to avoid customs duties.
Mumbai customs authorities sealed a Sino India Etail Pvt. Ltd. warehouse in Mumbai, the Economic Times reported. Customs officials found that the business was undervaluing and wrongly declaring goods.
"It appears that the packing of goods is of B2C model… but the clearance is being sought for B2B model," read the customs’ authorities’ seizure notice, accessed by the Economic Times.
The seizure was part of an ongoing government crackdown on imports of Chinese goods, especially value fashion and accessories. A range of businesses have been found to undervalue goods or label them as gifts to avoid paying Indian customs fees.
India does not charge customs fees on items valued at up to Rs 5,000 ($72) with the aim of allowing non-resident Indians to send gifts to those back home. An increasing number of reports have surfaced, however, of Chinese businesses marking goods intended for retail in India as gifts to wrongfully evade customs fees or drastically undervaluing the shipment to achieve the same.
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