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Netherlands Antilles Import Regs.: Tariff/Taxes

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Netherlands Antilles Import Regs.: Tariff/Taxes

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:56 am

Applicable import duties (calculated over the c.i.f. value) are as follows:

Basic goods (foodstuffs, such as fresh chicken, sardines, milk, cheese) and a number of tourist related articles (for instance pearls, gold coins, watches, perfumes, sugar confectionery, chocolates, a number of audio- and video related items, cameras) do not pay import duty – 0%.

General goods (such as tea, spices, carrots, onions, toilet articles, cotton, clothing) - 10.5%.

Semi-luxury goods (such as flowers, bulbs, playing cards, refrigerators, washing machines) - 17%.

Luxury goods (such as parasols, mirrors, air conditioning machines, bath-heaters, pianos) - 27%.

Import duties on margarine, butter, sugar, beverages, alcohol, cigarettes, live animals and cinematography film are not based on c.i.f. value, but on weight, quantity or bandwidth.

An additional duty of 17% is applied to the following luxury goods: passenger cars, motorcycles and sidecars.

Duties of between 25 - 90 % are applied to 42 items produced locally. A limited number of items (transport vehicles for public conveyance, telcom equipment, intermediate materials for manufacturing) are permitted duty-free entry.

Excise taxes are applied on alcoholic beverages, petroleum, and cigarrettes. Bonair and Curacao apply import surcharges varying between 8 - 57% on certain commodities.

In addition to taxes, certain imports are subject to health certification requirements, including pharmaceutical, pesticides, narcotic and psychotropic drugs. In some foodstuffs, fresh meat, live meals are subject to inspection and specific health requirements. Local public health authorities will provide the specifics upon request.
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