Federation of Worldwide Chambers of Exporters and Importers


By: Admin 19-09-2019 FOWCham


In India, there are certain goods which are Prohibited (banned) or Restricted (subject to certain condition) for Import & Export. These are those goods for which importation and

The exportation has been completely banned for reasons linked to health, environment, protection of endangered species of flora and fauna, security, legislation, etc. Under section 11 of the Customs Act, the Central Government has the power to issue Notification under which export or import of any goods can be declared as prohibited. For example, the export of

The human skeleton is absolutely prohibited whereas export of cattle is allowed against an export license. There is no complete and exhaustive list of all the good, however, we have collected major names of such products and they are listed below.

Prohibited Good:

  • Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substance.
  • Pornographic and obscene Material.
    • Counterfeit and pirated good and infringing any of the legally enforceable intellectual property rights.
  • Antiquities.
  • Aero models such as remote-controlled toy helicopters) that operate on high radio bandwidth because of their possible interference with the communication networks of security agencies.
  • Indian coin which is covered by the antique and art treasure act, 1972.
  • Maps and Literature where Indian external boundaries have been shown incorrectly in view of the government of India.
  • Chemicals mentioned in schedule 1 to the chemicals weapons convention of U.N. 1993,
  • Wildlife products
  • Human Skeleton.
  • Specified Seashells.
  • Beef, tallow, fat/oil of animal origin.
  • Exotic birds except for a few specified ones.
  • Wild animals their parts and products.
  • Specified lives birds and animals.


As per the government policies of India, under sub-section (d) of section 111 and sub-section (d) of Section 113, any goods which are imported or attempted to be imported and exported or attempted to be exported, contrary to any prohibition imposed by or under the Customs Act or any other law for the time being in force shall be liable to confiscation. Section 112 of the Customs Act provides for penalty for improper importation and Section 114 of the Customs Act provides for penalty for attempt to export goods improperly. In respect of prohibited goods, the Adjudicating Officer may impose a penalty up to five times the value of the goods. It is, therefore, absolutely necessary for the trade to know what are the prohibitions or restrictions in force before they contemplate to import or export any goods.

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