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How To Export Musical Instruments From India


Introduction: Expert Musical Instruments

The equipment that is used to create sounds for musical purposes is called a musical instrument. Since the beginning of time, people have used musical instruments as a part of their daily lives and as a part of their culture. It has long been held that the sound produced by musical instruments is used for devotion to and inspiration from God, as well as for entertainment, dances, work, and medicinal and ritualistic purposes. These unique instruments are used to create pulsating rhythms and melodic sounds that give natural beings their physical existence. They're referred to as musical instruments.

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Indian musical instruments are sold in more than 170 countries worldwide, and exports of musical instruments have significantly increased in recent years. Various distribution channels are used to sell different types of musical instruments as well as their parts and accessories. 

Instruments Used in Music

Based on their uses and methods of sound production, musical instruments are divided into various categories, such as those that use keyboards, percussion, wind, strings, electronics, brass instruments, woodwind instruments, etc. On the other hand, some nations have classified musical instruments according to the materials used to make them, including wood, stone, silk, and metals. Membranophones, which are made of material that vibrates the skin, aerophones, which vibrate the air, and chordophones, which are string instruments, are examples of instruments that produce various material sounds, sonorous sounds, and vibrate to produce a sound that has various effects on the body. The most common and well-known musical instruments are:

  • Sitar
  • Tabla
  • Veena
  • Mridangam
  • Guitar
  • Mouth organ
  • Cello 
  • Clap box
  • Banjo
  • Xylophone
  • Trumpet
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Violin
  • Jaltarang
  • Drum Set
  • Electric Guitar
  • Classical  Guitar
  • Piano
  • Keyboard
  • Gramophone
  • Shehnai
  • Sarangi
  • Damru

Exporter of Musical Instruments Registration Process

In India, musical instruments must be registered before being exported. The Global Trade Agreement certifies the legality of the goods and safeguards exports of goods. 

  • IEC Authorization

To export goods from India, the exporter must possess an Import-Export Code (IEC).  The DGFT issues IECs as the company identification number for export or import purposes.  There are a few exceptions, though, and people who aren't involved in foreign trade policy or services related to it are exempt from registering with the DGFT in order to be granted an IEC. The license is given to a variety of entities, including LLPs (sole proprietor firms), partnership businesses, HUFs, trusts, and societies. In order to register with the IEC, you must

  1. Name of the Business unit for which IEC is required.
  2. Selection of the business type of the business
  3. Nature of the business.
  4. Details of the Activities to be carried out after authorization 
  5. Incorporation details of the businesses
  6. Address details of the project in India
  7. PAN details of the Project
  8. Personal details of the applicant
  9. Confirm if the location of the business is established in the SEZ authorized by the government of India.
  10. Applicants need to upload the required documents in the required format.
  11. Make the payment of the application fee.
  12. Processing of the application
  13. The certificate will be issued if the authorization is completed.

The Indian government's authorized agency issues the RCMC certificate to exporters for the export of registered products or goods, which automatically verifies the exporters' identities. The applicant must include all pertinent information about the business sector it operates. As per the Foreign Trade Policy, the RCMC is required for the exporter to take advantage of the government's policies. The Customs and Excise Board regulation also mandates the use of the RCMC's services by the exporter. The procedural aspect of the same is handled by the councils or development authorities for export development and promotion. The license is valid for five years after registration and certification as the exporter, or as long as the authorities specify after the end of the fifth year. For the purpose of advancing and fostering India's export businesses, the RCMC has been added to the Export Promotion Council as an advisory council.

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If the certificate has expired, the RCMC-issued users' renewal options will be made available. 

  • The PAN Authorization

A PAN is necessary for the exporter. PAN registration in the name of the companies conducting export business is required for businesses or projects.

  • Registering for GST

For GST purposes, the exporter must register their companies with the tax authority.

  • Before Exporting the Goods, the Exporter and the Buyer Must Mutually Sign Agreements.

Decisions about the quantity, insurance clearance, number of items, payment method, delivery mode, etc. that must be made and recorded in the delivery receipt for musical instruments and their accessories.

  • Clearance of Customs from the Importing Nations

According to the Customs Act, of 1962, the exporter must obtain the customs clearance certificate from both the importing nation to which the goods are being exported and from India. 

  • Information about the bilateral and unilateral agreements, etc.

Before exporting the goods, the exporter must ascertain which agreements the government has with the country to which the musical instruments are being shipped. Mutual agreements assist in reducing or removing the customs duties for foreign countries. The agreements aid in identifying the categories of goods that, according to each country's own policies, are not allowed to be sold to other countries. 

Required Documentation For The Export Of Musical Instruments From India

The majority of document clarifications are made online because the modern world is an online world, but specific documents must be carried out for the export of goods from outside India.  Here is a list of the documentation needed for musical instrument exports from India:

  • DGFT/IEC registration 
  • Valid business identification 
  • ID of the applicant
  • Detailed documentation of the musical instrument export companies' addresses.
  • Bill of lading (Airway bill etc.)
  • Shipping bills
  • Bank details and invoice
  • Insurance certificate 
  • Copy of the contract made with the importer.
  • Copy of Export contract 
  • List of Packing 
  • Commercial music instrument invoice
  • Authentication of origin (GSP)
  • Assessment of the musical instruments from the destination custom body. 
  • The export products' HS code
  • Certificate of export customs clearance


The business of musical instruments needs to understand the various types and instruments because the various instrument categories have different musical preferences. The new age searches for any instrument with multiple beneficial effects on the human mind and organs. The global music market is very large, and right now, there is a growing demand for electronic music. According to India's national electronics policy, 2019, the country wants to develop an ecosystem for the production of electronic instruments worth $400 billion by the end of 2025.  Through which the government has undertaken numerous initiatives to encourage businesspeople to increase their investments, and the Indian market's exponential growth in the music industry has also reached a new high.

DGFT License

Corpseed will be liaising partners for your import/export license requirement and policy/procedures. We can handhold you through the complete licensing formalities with the Director General Foreign Trade (DGFT).

DGFT eBRC Certificate

Team Corpseed will help your organization to apply for eBRC Certificate Online. Electronic bank realization certificate is issued by banks to the exporter for the purpose of claiming benefits under the various schemes of the Foreign Trade Policy

Import Export Code

IEC (Import Export Code) license is mandatory certificate to get before starting any business related to import or export of goods from one country to another. Apply for IEC Code to avoid any penalties from port authorities. No Hidden Fees.

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