Indian Customs requires that all shipments sent from or received into India be accompanied by Government-recognized identity and address proof (reference: Customs Circular No. 9/2010).

The absence of these documents will cause a clearance delay; shipments must be placed in Customs Bond until KYC documents are provided by the shipper or consignee.

The table below indicates the type of document required for shipment customs clearance. As a shipper or consignee, you can refer to the type of document that you need to submit based on type of your organization—in the table below.

Sl. No.
Type/Form of Organisation
Documents to be obtained (Any 2 documents


Individual (Only 2 document contains Identity and Address Proof)

(i) Aadhar Card (ii) PAN card (iii) Passport



(i) Certificate of Incorporation (ii) Memorandum of Association (iii)Articles of Association (iv) Power of Attorney granted to its managers, officers or employees to transact business on its behalf (v) Copy of PAN allotment letter (vi) Copy of telephone bill


Partnership firm

(i) Registration certificate, if registered (ii) Partnership deed (iii) Power of Attorney granted to a partner or an employee of the firm to transact business on its behalf (iv) Any officially valid document identifying the partners and the person holding the Power of Attorney and their addresses (v) Telephone bill in the name of firm/partners


Trust foundations

(i) Certificate of Registration, if registered (ii) Power of Attorney granted to transact business on its behalf (iii) Any officially valid documents to identify the trustees, settlers, beneficiaries and those holding the Power of Attorney, founders/managers/directors and their addresses (iv) Resolution of the managing body of the foundation/association (v) Telephone bill