I purchased 2 x 4TB WD Reds in USA and I want to carry them with me back to my home country i.e. India.

My flight is direct flight from SFO to BOM. Its Indian airline. I chose this flight to try out their direct flights instead of layover.

Anyways, I want to carry 2 x 4TB 3.5" internal hard disks with me. These are new hard disks, I have opened them and put them back in the antistatic bag they came in and have taped them. I am planning on carrying both in carry-on for obvious reasons. Will I be allowed to carry them without any issues with customs? I also have my laptop with me.

I have an option to carry only one and ask a relative who will be flying back in the next 10 days to carry the other HDD.

I would prefer it if both were with me but if I will be stopped at customs then I would rather opt for carrying only one and sending the other with my folks.

Any suggestions / recommendations how I should carry these disks back with me?

  • Is it customs or security? Which one. Security makes sure you don't blow up the plane. Customs makes sure you pay your taxes.
    – user253751
    Apr 17, 2023 at 17:45
  • I guess then it would be customs. To avoid taxes
    – raaron
    Apr 17, 2023 at 20:47

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That's not an issue for security. Customs depends on the value of the drive. As an Indian citizen, I believe you have a customs allowance of Rs50,000 which should be fine (unless these are really expensive drives).

It would be good to bring the receipts.


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    The cost of both the drives is around $110 including taxes. So like you mentioned definitely below Rs.50,000/-
    – raaron
    Apr 17, 2023 at 21:30

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