Freight Forwarder for India-USA Shipments – Logistics Services for India-US Imports and Exports

Learn about logistics between the USA and India

india-to-usa-shippingAEL offers full service freight forwarding, custom house brokerage, warehousing, distribution  and  international trade consulting  for importing from India to the USA and exporting from the USA to India.

We provide our India clients with a complete range of logistics services:

Ocean/Sea Freight (FCL, LCL, RORO, Breakbulk), Air Freight, Trucking, Rail, Warehousing and Distribution.

Our U.S. and India offices are highly trained to handle all types of commodities including:

• General Cargo
• Hazardous / Dangerous Cargo
• Oversized / Project Cargo / Heavy-Lift / Out of Gauge (OOG)
• Perishable
• Time Sensitive

We can ship out of all Indian and US seaports and airport. Below are the top seaports and airports in India by cargo volume.


Major Seaports in India include: Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru), Mumbai, Tuticorn (Tamil Nadu), Cochin (Kerala), Blair (Andaman), Chennai (Madras), Marmagoa (Goa),  Panambur (Karnataka), Vizag (Andhra Pradesh), Paradip (Orissa), and Haldia (West Bengal/Calcutta)


Major Airports in India include: Delhi (DEL), Mumbai (BOM), Bangalore (BLR), Chennai (MAA), Kolkata (CCU), Hyderabad (HYD), Kochi (COK), Ahmedabad (AMD), Dabolim/Goa (GOI), and Pune (PNQ).

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What is Imported from India to the U.S.?
India was the United States’ 10th largest supplier of goods imports in 2013.

The top trending products imported from India are: clothing and garments, furniture, kitchenware, food (including spices, coffee and tea), jewelry, textiles, medical equipment, chemicals and leather goods.
Below are snapshots taken from the Office of the US Trade Representative for Trade between the U.S. and India.

U.S. goods imports from India totaled $41.8 billion in 2013, up 3.2% ($1.3 billion) from 2012, and up 220% from 2003. U.S. imports from India account for 1.8% of overall U.S. imports in 2013.

The five largest import categories in 2013 were: Precious Stones (diamonds) ($9.2 billion), Pharmaceutical Products ($4.5 billion), Mineral Fuel (oil) ($3.9 billion), Organic Chemicals ($2.2 billion), and Miscellaneous Textile Articles ($2.1 billion).

U.S. imports of agricultural products from India totaled $3.5 billion in 2013, the 5th largest supplier of Ag imports. Leading categories include: tree nuts ($286 million), spices ($231 million, essential oils ($177 million), rice ($167 million), and vegetable oils ($93 million).

U.S. imports of private commercial services* (i.e., excluding military and government) were $18.5 billion in 2012 (latest data available), up 6.1% ($1.1 billion) from 2011, and up 930% from 2002. The other private services (business, professional and technical services), and the travel categories accounted for nearly all of U.S. services imports from India.

How to Import from India to the US? The best thing to do is first read our post on How to Ship and Import Goods from Overseas.  If you have specific questions about importing from India, please contact us.


What is Exported from the U.S. to India?
India was the United States’ 18th largest goods export market in 2013.

U.S. goods exports to India in 2013 were $21.9 billion, down 1.0% ($230 million) from 2012, but up 339% from 2003.  U.S. exports to India account for 1.4% of overall U.S. exports in 2013.

The top exports categories (2-digit HS) in 2013 were: Precious Stones (diamonds and gold) ($5.8 billion), Aircraft ($3.0 billion), Machinery ($2.3 billion), Electrical Machinery ($1.3 billion), and Optic and Medical Instruments ($1.3 billion).

U.S. exports of agricultural products to India totaled $863 million in 2013.  Leading categories include: tree nuts ($369 million), pulses ($103 million), cotton ($90 million), and fresh fruit ($82 million).

U.S. exports of private commercial services* (i.e., excluding military and government) to India were $11.9 billion in 2012 (latest data available), 6.1% ($690 million) more than 2011, and 269% greater than 2002 level.  Other private services (education and business, professional and technical services), and travel categories accounted for most of the U.S. services exports to India.

How to Export Goods from US to India? First read our post on Basics of Exporting and Logistics.  There are many items which are prohibited in India, therefore, please contact us if you plan to ship to India to verify if there are any restrictions on shipping your goods to India.

Shipping from India to the USA or Shipping from USA to India not as complicated as it seems. Contact us so one of our logistics specialists can guide you through the process once we have a comprehensive understanding of your needs.

Request a Quote  or Call Us (800-874-4748 Ext. 192 | +1 310 523 2300 Ext. 192) to ship today.