If a purchase a Lens from USA amazon and ship it to India, how much custom and duty chanrges will come
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Ok here's what I understand for duty and custom charges. When you order overseas it gets sent to your country it will go through customs who will then determine whether customs duty will apply. I think in most cases the buyer will have to foot out the bill unless Amazon does it for you. Where I'm from there's 0% tax on photographic equipment so custom duty does not apply for me.
For India it seems like it's a different case and customs and duty does apply:
There's a little link here with a calculator that mentions this (although how current the rates are I'm not sure).
You might want to consider a local purchase even though it may be a little higher if you consider the hassle of going to clear your imports at customs.