Customs Duty and Tax Computation in The Philippines

Duty Calculator

To help you with computing duty, I have created a user-friendly calculator (Excel file) which you can download for free on OneDrive.

It’s very easy to use. Just read the instruction beside each field so you’ll know what to do. The most important thing to prepare is the total dutiable amount of a shipment.

The file is in .xlsx format. It can be opened using Excel version 2007, 2010 and 2013. Just make sure that Calculation Option is set to Automatic so Excel will compute the fees automatically. Calculation option is under Formulas tab in Excel 2013.

Note: To download the file, click the OneDrive link then click on File > Save As


“Republic Act No. 1937” Official Gazette. Retrieved on March 28, 2014 from

“Tax Computation” Department of Finance: Bureau of Customs. Retrieved on March 30, 2014 from

“Exchange Rates” Department of Finance: Bureau of Customs. Retrieved on March 30, 2014 from

Various Contributors (October 16, 2001) “Microsoft Excel” Wikipedia. Retrieved on March 29, 2014 from

Various Contributors (October 26, 2005) “Duty (economics)” Wikipedia. Retrieved on March 29, 2014 from

“Duty” Merriam-Webster. Retrieved on March 29, 2014 from


  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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