“Items are packed and shipped for individual customers, similar to how you get a package from Amazon at home. But these companies
act as a bulk purchaser in which the value declared is 300 to 400 per cent less than the actual value of items,” a report said.
Shein’s mobile app and website prominently displayed a message requesting customers to “hold back.” “We are upgrading our systems for newer experience, with fresh looks and exciting offers. Request you to hold back for some time while (you) watch this space for more,” the message reads.
Chinese e-commerce firms employ importers such as Sino India Etail and Globemax to bring in goods ordered by their customers into India in bulk, allowing them to bypass the cumulative 42.08% duty levied on individual imports, ET reporeted. It added that these firms use the CB-13 low-value consignment route, which calls for very little disclosure.
The Mumbai terminal now alerts other ports to potential malpractice by uploading the details of such firms on the National Risk Management portal, an alert system for evaders.