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Peru Import Regs.: Used Equipment

Discussion of Peru's standards and comprehensive import regulations on warrantees/guarantees, used vehicles, temporary entry, prohibitions, licenses, and more.

Peru Import Regs.: Used Equipment

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:58 am

Peru imposes restrictions on the import of used personal and commercial vehicles. Also, imports of used tires, clothing, and footwear are also prohibited.

Peruvian law restricts import of used vehicles based on age: imports of used personal-use vehicles that are more than 5 years old, and used commercial vehicles that are more than 8 years old are prohibited. Used and new vehicles with right- side steering gear must enter the country through the southern ports of Ilo and Matarani and be reconditioned locally. Reconditioning refers to converting the steering gear to the left side.

The construction sector currently leads peru's GDP growth pushing up demand for earthmoving equipment such as backhoe/loaders, lift trucks, dumpers, hydraulic excavators, rollers, frontal loaders, skid-steer loaders, mining trucks, tractors. Although most of the equipment being imported is new, there is some demand for used equipment in good condition, which must meet high technical standards that are attested by the exporter and verifiable.


Imports of refurbished computers, parts and accessories are permitted. The documents required are the same as for any importation of goods (i.e. Declaration of Importation, commercial invoice, airway bill or bill of lading, and inspection company verification).

Pervuian customs uses the value stated on the invoice to calculate the taxes to be paid for refurbished computers and others. Minimum amounts or references to apply taxes are not used. But if refurbished computers or parts are sent without stating they have been sold to an importer, customs uses commercial values of other similar imported goods to determine the duties to be paid.


Repaired information technologies equipment that is being re-imported into Peru needs to pay duties. The value basis of duties is the repair costs, plus transportation costs and a percentage for insurance. The commercial invoice needs to clarify the value for the service and the description needs to mention that it is a service repair invoice for a piece of equipment that needs to be described thoroughly.
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