Airport iPad Duty

I thought we had outgrown such nonsense in India. When I came back from a recent international trip, the customs officer at the baggage screening machine wanted my bag to be opened because he said there were two computers. I said – I have a laptop, and an iPad. He said, the iPad thus becomes a second computer, and I’d have to pay duty on it.

There was no point arguing with the officers, since they don’t make the rules. I ended up paying Rs 4,000 as duty.

On the ride home, I couldn’t help thinking that there is no surprise that product innovation in India is stifled. With rules like these that constrain the purchase of the newest gadgets from abroad, what else can one expect?

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.