TEMPORARY IMPORTATION in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)
Motor vehicles imported temporarily with a view to re-exportation, are required to meet such conditions as stated in Section 67 of Act # 14 /99. Potential importers requiring this service may contact the Assistant Comptroller Technical Division at the Customs Department for assistance.
DUTIES CHARGEABLE ON VEHICLES in St. Vincent and The Grenadines (SVG)
Please note that duties were increased in 2012 and the following duties are not applicable but given as a base to give an estimate of possible cost.
Vehicle Import Duty in San Vincent and the Grenadines to increase in 2012
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves announced that Vehicle import duty will be increased this year. He made this announcement in his Budget speech.
Restrictions on import of Vehicles
There are no prohibitions on the importation of vehicles from any country. However, there is a restriction on the importation of left hand drive vehicles pursuant to Section 79 (1) of the Customs (Control & Management) Act #14 of 1999 except under special permit issued by Cabinet.
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Documents Required to import a car in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)
For Customs clearance you must present the following documents to the Customs Valuation
• An original invoice from the suppliers indicating :the condition of sale the supplier’s name
the buyer’s name
the price paid or payable
the terms of delivery e.g. C.I.F, F.O.B, or C&F
full description of the vehicle (type, model, engine number or
VIN number, colour, engine size, and weight)
• A Bill of Sight prepared for verification of the information
• A prepared Customs entry
• The shipper’s or carrier’s original bill of lading
• Insurance Certificate, if applicable
Customs Valuation of Imported Vehicles in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
The Customs Valuation Branch will examine the documents to see whether the Customs Valuation methods have been properly applied and are consistent with the Valuation Laws of the Second Schedule of Act #14 of 1999. Normally the transaction value method will be used i.e. the invoice price along with the addition of other charges such as handling and freight.
If there is any doubt as to the value declared by the importer, the Customs may make request for additional information in accordance with Section 3 (7) of the Second Schedule of Act#
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Custom Clearance of Imported Vehicles in ST. Vincent and the Grenadines
used VEHICLE BOUGHT DIRECTLY FROM A SUPPLIER ABROAD
This category consists mainly of transactions processed through the internet. As a means of speeding up the verification process, it is recommended that clients maintain all correspondences, payments, e-mails, pictures etc. on the vehicle to be presented to Customs on its arrival. This information may also be presented prior to the arrival of the vehicle.
used VEHICLES BOUGHT PREVIOUSLY, used FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, ANDREMAINING IN POSSESSION UP TO TIME OF IMPORTATION
An invoice will not normally be available unless the importer had it in safekeeping at the time. It is therefore necessary for an appraisal of the value to be made utilizing a fallback method under Section 2 (4) of the Second Schedule of Act # 14/99.
The value that is arrived at is normally based on previously determined customs values with adjustments for factors such as depreciation and general condition. Statistical information pertaining to vehicles of similar age and condition may be used to assist in determining a value for customs purposes.
Duty Free Concession in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Duty free concession on motor vehicles are granted by the government of St.Vincent and the Grenadines for the following:
Vincentian nationals who have been living outside of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for a period of ten (10) years or more and are preparing to permanently relocate to their country may import a vehicle of their choice (not including heavy trucks,) and receive seventy-five percent waiver of the import duty and consumption tax. Customs service charge of 4% of C.I.F is payable. If the imported vehicle is more than four years old, then a vehicle surcharge is also payable. (See rates on last page). The concession is limited to one vehicle per household. Returning nationals wishing to benefit under this scheme may do so by applying to the Comptroller of Customs and Excise. Application forms can be obtained from the Secretariat at Customs House.
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Information about Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Located in the Windward Islands group of the Lesser Antilles, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is 34 km (21 mi) SW of St. Lucia and about 160 km (100 mi) W of Barbados. Scattered between St. Vincent and Grenada to the SW are more than 100 small islands called the Grenadines, half of which belong to St. Vincent and the other half to Grenada. The Grenadines belonging to St. Vincent include Union Island, Mayreau, Canouan, Mustique, Bequia, and many other uninhabited cays, rocks, and reefs. The land area of St. Vincent island is 344 sq km (133 sq mi). Bequia, the top of the Grenadines belonging to St. Vincent, has an area of 18 sq km (7 sq mi). The total land area of the country is 389 sq km (150 sq mi). Comparatively, the area occupied by St. Vincent and the Grenadines is slightly less than twice the size of Washington, D.C.
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