Customs Duty and Tax Computation in The Philippines

Another Example: A Weird One

Here’s another set of CD albums I purchased from a Korean online shopping website. The order cost is $193.09. The shipping fee is $41.67. So, the total order amount is $234.76. The package was sent via Express Mail Service (EMS) as well.

Order Cost

The box was held by customs for a week. When I dropped by to the local post office to pick it up, the total dutiable amount declared on the Informal Entry form, to my surprise, was only $77.00. I was expecting to pay more than PHP2,800.00, but luckily (should I say), I only paid PHP1326.00. Weird. It’s really weird. That’s why I shared this entry. To attest that something like this happens.

Here’s a scanned copy of the informal entry form:

Informal Entry


Now, you already have an idea on how to compute customs duty. Please take note that this guide is created to give importers like you an idea on how to calculate duty. Whatever you have come up with is not guaranteed 100% accurate.


  1. By Paul on

    If the invoice is not present in the package, customs usually get the price in the market to compute. They really do that. just like in airport, if you have taxable items and you don’t have the invoice with you, they will get its value in the market. It can be lower or higher than the actual price. So its best that invoice must be presented. In case of packages, you must ask the supplier to attach the invoice.

    Total Duties and Taxes may vary because of the exchange rate and Rate of Duty. Exchange Rate changes i think every week, then rate of duty may change also because of trade agreements to other countries (Tariff Commission is responsible on that). Your DVD might be only 5% in the coming years.

    Nice article! :)


  2. By Dancing Bear on

    one thing, like between year 2007 and 2010 – I used to get 1-2 packets for toy collectibles every month. Then there was one day I won quite a large package from eBay the size of a balikbayan box. The amount was only $173 – there was a paper invoice from the seller and proof from eBay and paypal of the amounts paid for such and such items. I bet you can’t guess what the customs in Pasay post office did to my package? They opened it up, inspected each item and made their own assessment of the prices for the individual items. disregarding my proof of purchase that it was an auction sale. What’s more surprising. They know me and have a history of my parcels.


  3. By Ryan Ching on

    HI, Ryan Ching here… I bought an LP Nendorid toy from ami-ami online store in Japan.. favor, can you possibly compute for my cusom duties and tax?
    LINKIN PARK Set | 3,210
    Shipping fee: 1380

    TOTAL: 4590 JPY (convert x0.5352 = P2,456.57



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