Importing furniture from India: A starter's guide

Tips for importing furniture from India

Importing from Indian in general, and especially importing furtniture from India, offers a world of possibilities for entrepreneurs and interior designers. With its rich history in craftsmanship and unique design styles, India offers a wide range of furniture options that can suit diverse tastes and needs. In this guide we take you through the process of importing furniture from India, from finding the right suppliers to the final delivery of the products.

Search for suppliers

Finding reliable suppliers is the first step in the import process. Indian furniture manufacturers are known for their craftsmanship and quality, but it is important to thoroughly research potential suppliers. Attend trade shows, use online platforms and consider working with a local agent to find the best match.

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Negotiation and agreements

Once you have found a suitable supplier, the negotiation process begins. Discuss matters such as price, minimum order quantities, payment terms and delivery times. Make sure you draw up clear and detailed agreements to avoid misunderstandings.

Quality control

Quality control is crucial when importing furniture from India. Consider having an independent inspection carried out before shipment to ensure products meet agreed standards. This helps prevent problems upon arrival.

Logistics and shipping

The logistics of transporting furniture from India to your location can be complex. Choose between different shipping options (such as sea freight or air freight) based on your budget and schedule. Work with experienced freight forwarders to ensure smooth shipping and customs clearance.

Customs and import duties

Please inform yourself about the import duties and taxes applicable to furniture from India. These costs vary depending on the destination country and the value of the goods. It is important to calculate these costs in advance to avoid surprises.


Importing furniture from India can be a rewarding endeavor, provided you are well prepared and have the right partners. With patience, careful planning and attention to detail, you can bring unique and high-quality Indian furniture to your market.

 Do you need support in 

 importing from India?

Westwood Sourcing provides expert guidance at every step of importing from India. Contact us for more information about how we can make your import project a success. 

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