FedEx and the insane Philippines Customs Taxes

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549 Responses

  1. George Morales says:

    Buying online is not really recommended if the item that you are purchasing is available in mall or other stores in your area. The Philippine customs are really a ripped off. I bought a multi purpose radio/flash light/charger on Amazon.com since the picture and description was so nice. Cost 50 dollars. The total bill was about a 100 dollars including freight and duties. Not a problem . . . but the gadget was made of so so material not worth a hundred dollars. 3 weeks later, I saw the same gadget in a mall selling for about 19 dollars (P826.00) only. Lesson for the day . . . . don’t buy immediately. Canvass first . . . . sometimes there are online stores that can shipped you a product so cheap even if you include freight and duties.

  2. Boggart says:

    Only buy from online stores if the product you want is not really available in your area. Do your research first. Google the product you want to buy. Compute the duties due. These online stores sometimes charge you more than the correct amount. This is if you prefer them to pay for your custom duties. Ask friends about their experiences. Sometimes it is better to buy from smugglers than this legimate online stores.

  3. Johan Tessens says:

    It can get worse… I ordered a DMX controller $19 + $6 shipping and insurance (all paid). FedEx came with the goods and a bill of PHP1,789.83 = $42. Import tax is 5%… sales tax is unclear to me… but this all comes to 150% of the value… told FedEx to put the bill where the sun doesn’t shine

  4. Len Geronimo says:

    I agree.Our customs tax is totally absurd.I never ordered online before or have any item delivered to me from abroad.But my overzealous fiance decided to surprise me with an engagement ring. My excitement was totally gone the moment I got a call from Fedex saying I had to pay P16,000 for that tiny package! Well so much for surprises.Now i know why Filipinos would rather resort to bribery…

  5. guen says:

    I won a prize from a contest last May and until now, wala pa ring dumadating. Tapos my friend and I are planning to do a group order for a calendar set that is $17/ set. It’s from South Korea. We’re worried kasi we don’t know if it will go through customs or will be delivered to her house via DHL or FedEx or whatever TT___TT It’s a big help sa mga gustong mag-avail ng calendar kasi kami na ang mamromroblema for them pero kung hanggang sa mga babayaran ay kami pa rin ang magaasikaso, di na pwede ‘yun. Should we go with the group order or not? Thanks ~

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