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How To Apply For The Philippines Car Import Permit

Preparing to ship your car to the Philippines? You should check if the Philippines government will allow you to import a vehicle. Despite surrounding Asian countries allowing nearly anyone to import a car, shipping a car to the Philippines requires you to hold an import permit for each car brought into the country. Read further to find out how to acquire the special import Authority permit.

Not all individuals are allowed to apply for an import permit for their vehicles.

The law states you must be one of the following: 

  • Filipino citizen returning after one year abroad
  • Filipino citizen with a 13G Visa
  • married to a Filipino and a holder of 13A Visa

The vehicle must adhere to the following rules:

  • Gross Vehicle Weight under 3 tons
  • Owned and registered at least 6 months prior to date of import
  • For personal use only and will not be resold for 3 years
  • Vehicle must be left hand drive

Meet all the criteria? Don't forget to pay the import duties which can run up to 150%. 

Here's how to calculate the import duties in the Philippines:

  • 40% Customs Duty
  • 10% VAT
  • Ad Valorem Tax from 15% to 100% depending on engine size

Ready to apply for the import permit? You must visit your nearest Philippines consulate where you are currently residing.

You will be required to bring the following documentation in order to complete the required import application:

  • Proof of continuous residence abroad for at least one year
  • Registration papers showing you owned the vehicle in your name for at least 6 months
  • Proof that the vehicle being imported was purchased using funds not acquired in the Philippines

Source: Philippines Consulate