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How To Ship Your Car To The Philippines & Why You Shouldn’t

(@marco-expat)
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Want to ship your car to the Philippines ? Importing a car here is complex and loaded with paperwork. Read this step-by-step guide to avoid hassles and fines.

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(@Dennis Castillo)
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Wow! that is really EXPENSIVE!, no wonder why no one is doing expedition (overlanding) in the Philippines. Hmmm... disappointing I would like to bring my 4Runner to explore the Philippines (This place is a paradise for me). But still on my bucket list. 🙂


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Dennis,

This covers importing your car, but doesn't mean the car market here is cost prohibitive. Toyota 4-runners start at $31,500 USD here.

https://toyota.com.ph/price-list

You can also find some custom-used off-roaders here

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1749490881777953/

Good luck and have fun.


   
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(@ChaXologist)
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Why would you even think of that?

First of all, it is extremely rare if not impossible to find or set up charging stations in the Philippines specifically for the Tesla vehicle so its close to useless as a method of transportation there.

Secondly, who are you trying to impress there by paying practically 100% import tax rate which would be at least $40 thousand bucks if it is second-hand?

Thirdly, some components of the Tesla also require as much maintenance as a regular vehicle if not more. Add to the fact that they are unique and can only be replaced by importing spare parts in Tesla-serving countries to which you have to pay importation taxes on, easily costing you thousands more dollars!

Unless you are incredibly wealthy and doing it to show off, knock yourself out!


   
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(@ChaXologist)
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Hello, Marco

Does this importation tax also apply to off-road UTV vehicles such as a Polaris General?
How about importing its spare parts for maintenance purposes? Are those components also taxed?

I'm just curious in this particular area because I contemplated wanting to buy and ship an American UTV vehicle to the Philippines. Upon hearing about the ridiculous tax importation rates as well as the tricky and grueling bureaucratic process to get it done, I abandoned such plan but I still want to hear from you if this counts as a full-fledged vehicle.

If you are knowledgeable about this subject on motorized vehicles, then how about importing in an E-bike (only pedal-powered assistance) with a 250-watt motor powered by a 750Wh battery such as a Trek's Rail? Will it count as a motor vehicle or just a bike with its lithium battery as the only component to worry about regarding shipping?

Thanks for taking your time to respond to me!


   
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(@marco-expat)
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For something this specific, I suggest speaking with the Bureau of Customs for help calculating fees and import duties for your different vehicles.

You can email them directly to the Bureau of Customs at [email protected].

See what they say.

Good Luck.

Marco


   
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(@Alex Adan)
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I have heard of a program for returning Filipino residents to have it tax free if the vehicle is more than 20 years old. How true and how?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Alex, you probably heard about the NDI or No Dollar program. But it doesn't exclude you from import customs and taxes.


   
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(@non-retard)
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#1, 90% of all charging is done in the home, ya know, long black wire, plugged into wall, in your house? Sure, if you are an expat living in poverty showing off to bar girls, it's probably not for you. #2, he is specifically asking about EV since there is a program for green vehicles, so don't assume 100% tax rate. yes, you are right, if it's 100% it doesn't make sense, you are also right if it's 300% or 900%, but that is not what's going on here. #3 Which specific components cost more to replace? not brakes or oil or transmission. wipers? yeah there is some repair costs of course, if you get in an accident, but, that goes the same for a Jeep (exotic??) or something other than a Toyota.


   
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