FedEx and the insane Philippines Customs Taxes

I ordered this digital media player worth USD$169 (Php8180) online from Singapore late last month thinking that since it’s door to door delivery via FedEx, any additional charges is already included in the shipping fee.

Well it’s true in a way ’cause according to some of my peers who’ve experienced international shipping, if you’re lucky it won’t pass Customs and you won’t be charged a penny. Well guess which side of the lucky coin I’m on?

Total Bill

I paid a whopping Php3621.84 for Customs Duties and Taxes. That’s insane! It’s almost 50% of the cost of the package!!

Wanna see how we arrived on that total?

Custom Form & Stamps – P315.00

According to TCCP. Sec. 3301 – Customs fees and charges:

“For each Entry Filed an Import Processing fee of two hundred fifty pesos (250Php) shall be charged as indicated in the Official Receipt”.

I guess the amount increased (couldn’t get in at the moment.) and the P15 is for the BIR Stamp.

Duties & Taxes – P2480.00

Ahhh the bulk of my charges. Here’s the breakdown of it (click image to enlarge).

First let’s tackle the value under Tariff Heading which is the category my items falls into. In my case, 8521.90.99 which falls under Video recording or reproducing apparatus which has a rate of duty of 5%. (Source)

Dutiable Value

According to TCCP. Sec. 201 – Basis of Dutiable Value

Value of the Article in ($)
+ Commission & Brokerage Fees
+ Cost of Containers
+ Cost of Packing
+ Amount of Royalties
+ Cost of Transportation (shipping)
+ Value of Resale
+ Loading and Handling Charges
+ Cost of Insurance

Let’s add 4% for insurance (fixed) and cost of shipping which is $10 because it’s from Singapore. 4% of $169 = $175.76 + $10 = $.185.76

Let’s round up the exchange rate at that time to $49. $185.76 * 49 = Php9102 is my dutiable value.

Now let’s compute for the Customs Duty. It’s basically the dutiable value (Php9102) * Rate of Duty which they pegged at 5%.

Customs Duty

9102 * 5% = P455.1. How did they arrive at P592???

Now for the Advance Sales Tax. The Advance Sales Tax has been replaced by VAT and is calculated as such (according to NIRCP. as amended by R.A. 8424 Sec.101):

Dutiable Value + Customs Duties + Doc Stamps + Import Processing Fee

Advance Sales Tax

(9102 + 592 + 250 + 250) * 12% = P1233.38. How did they arrive at P1638???

They also charged me P250 for surcharge whatever that means.

Storage Fee – P826.84

Well since they had to process it in Customs, they have to store it somewhere for safekeeping right? But P826.84 just for 1 day?!? I talked to the courier and they told me that I was still lucky that the package only took 1 day to process.

Here’s the breakdown:


Who came up with these fees? P336 just to release something that they don’t own?

Lesson learned

For my research, I went to this page because Customs web site is not available. So anybody know the exact details about computation of Customs Tax? Did I get ripped off?

Well I just have to charge it to experience. Next time I would recommend thinking hard and thinking twice to have something shipped here from overseas.

My new media playerIf I’d known that I would be paying such fees I would’ve just asked it to be delivered to my uncle’s place in Singapore and have it brought over here if somebody’s coming home.

Oh well, guess I’ll just forget about it and enjoy my new toy.

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560 Responses

  1. Vlad says:

    Yes customs go to hell. I received my item wih a dutiable cost of 10usd. Total customs charge is 459php. Thats 100% f*** corruption

  2. ron miller says:

    I agree customs in the Philippines is corrupt and can go to hell I sent a package recently value 334.00 and was charged 134.00 why when all it contained was few pair curtains and few gifts most expensive gift was 49 dollars. does anyone know how to contact customs in the Philippines

  3. CSGO says:

    Wow, attractive website. Thnx ..

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