Bringing sports gear into India

By | June 8, 2016

By Manik Taneja with Dielle DSouza for BigRush

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Adventure sports equipment in India is not in big league manufacturing simply because demand does not favour it as it does cricket, or even football or hockey. This specialised equipment, when brought into the country, is taxed at customs deterring new sports enthusiasts and burning a hole in the pockets of those who promote the sport in India.
Transportation expenses and government levies together create a prohibitively high landed cost of adventure equipment. Duties could go as high as 47.5 per cent for kayaks and 50 per cent for bicycles. While this could be protectionist to help boost local industry, manufacturers in India are not up to standard.
At the moment, only the collective struggle of the adventure community to boost the popularity of these sports and thereby demand for equipment can help change the situation.
To read more about Manik Taneja’s personal experience with customs, visit RED BULL
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