Goods smuggled tax-free through foreign e-commerce platforms into one of India’s busiest ports of entry have dropped sharply after a recent crackdown, prompting business groups to urge the government to expand such efforts nationwide.
The crackdown is aimed at vendors on e-commerce sites like Alibaba that label their goods “gifts” and “samples” to avoid paying taxes.
Courier shipments worth 100,000 rupees ($1,439) or less coming to Mumbai airport fell 55% in the first quarter of 2019, according to customs department documents seen by Bloomberg Tax. Mumbai received 50,713 shipments in March, down from 113,101 in December.
Packages labeled ...