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With time and newer procedures, policies and operations are brought into action, you will find change is just part and parcel of life, be it personal or business related. One change in the shipping industry that has affected the world over would be the Low Sulfur Surcharge that will go into effect on 1 January 2020. However, if you mostly deal with Australia to India shipments, then the new customs requirements when shipping to India should be on your radar. This is the Know-Your-Customer or KYC document that is required by the Government of India as a recognized proof of document for identity and address. This document will be needed and should be presented at the time of clearing your cargo.

So, what is the KYC document and why is the new procedure for this new customs requirement? This document declares that you the entity based within India who can either or be the exporter/importer from/to India. The breakdown of the types/forms of organisations are as follows based on the extract circular No.9/2010 on KYC norms for Courier issued by Indian Customs.

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If you are an individual below the age of 18, then the following will be required;

Provide any ONE of the following document as Id and Address Proof of Minor. The address proof should match with the delivery address mentioned on your shipment
a) Aadhar Card of Minor
b) PAN Card * of Minor
c) Passport of Minor
d) Birth Certificate of Minor
* A separate address proof document will be required

Provide any ONE of the following document as Id Proof of Parent / Guardian.
a) Aadhar Card of Parent/Guardian
b) PAN Card of Parent/Guardian
c) Passport of Parent/Guardian

Provide any ONE of the following address proof document in case the address on your KYC document does not match with the delivery address.
The address on this document should match with the delivery address. a) Bank Account Statement
b) Electricity Bill
c) Hotel Booking Receipt
d) Hostel / College Id card

If you are foreign national based in India, then the following will be needed for your counterpart in continent to accept the cargo when shipping to India from Australia.

Identity Proof 1 – Passport
Identity Proof 2 – Visa / PIO Card

Address Proof – Please provide any ONE of the following address proof document. The address on this document should match with the delivery address.
a) Address proof of relative/friend if staying with them
b) Hotel Booking Receipt
c) Rent Agreement
d) Stay Visa
e) Other Document  

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