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Import duty/tax

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iamjames:

--- Quote from: Gray Wolf on November 02, 2013, 12:12:11 AM ---

I do not recommend to anyone that they take the advice offered by our friend IamJames.  Doing so could get you in a heap o' trouble.  Playing by the rules is hard enough.  Bending the rules is asking for trouble and will definitely come back to bite you in the ass!

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 ::) I am not talking about importing a factory - just once off items. If there are questions asked just simply pay the tax for the sake of peace but this has never happened to me. No law broken there. My ass has never had teeth marks (that I am aware of).  :o

Gray Wolf:

--- Quote from: iamjames on November 02, 2013, 08:31:06 AM ---
 ::) I am not talking about importing a factory - just once off items. If there are questions asked just simply pay the tax for the sake of peace but this has never happened to me. No law broken there. My ass has never had teeth marks (that I am aware of).  :o


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I understand what you are saying and what you have done.  But many times the import duty for a particular piece of equipment/machinery/motorcycle can and will be charged an amount equal to or even exceeding the original purchase price.  If you are willing to gamble and possibly pay twice as much for your Harley-Davidson trying to skirt customs regulations, you'd actually save money by purchasing new at Harley-Davidson Manila.  :)   

Having said that, I know personally of an individual who bought a new Harley-Davidson in the US, then disassembled it into it's major components and shipped it mostly in balikbayan boxes via container.  When his container arrived, he un-crated and un-boxed the components and reassembled his motorcycle.  He still rides it to this day.  Did he save money?  Yes.  Did he break any laws?  No, not really.  Did he take a large gamble on getting caught?  Absolutely!  And with the additional scrutiny of incoming balikbayan boxes these days it is likely that this plan would not work again.  It's one thing to make the most of your shipping privileges and another situation entirely if you push the limits too far.  And unfortunately the Philippines decides.

You have no bite marks on your ass yet, but don't try to bypass customs security too often.   ;) :)

suzukig1:

--- Quote from: Gray Wolf on November 03, 2013, 04:54:04 AM ---
--- Quote from: iamjames on November 02, 2013, 08:31:06 AM ---
 ::) I am not talking about importing a factory - just once off items. If there are questions asked just simply pay the tax for the sake of peace but this has never happened to me. No law broken there. My ass has never had teeth marks (that I am aware of).  :o


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...I know personally of an individual who bought a new Harley-Davidson in the US, then disassembled it into it's major components and shipped it mostly in balikbayan boxes via container.  When his container arrived, he un-crated and un-boxed the components and reassembled his motorcycle.  He still rides it to this day.  Did he save money?  Yes.  Did he break any laws?  No, not really...

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I don't know if it's an actual law but there are rules against shipping car and motorcycle parts to reassemble them.  If caught you won't be allowed to register the vehicle with the LTO.

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