A. There are several important points you need to remember.
A. Following documents are required.
A. This depends on the value of the particular vehicle and the rates of duties applicable.
A. Value of motor vehicles falling within HS headings 8702, 8703, 8704, 8705 and 8711, value is determined as follows
For other vehicles, applicable value is the transacted value, adjusted according to the provisions of Articles to the WTO Valuation Agreement.
In short, HS stands for Harmonized System. These codes are introduced under Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System formulated by the World Customs Organization, which covers 98% of the world trade. These codes are applied to internationally traded goods for various reasons. The most relevant reason is trade statistics. Also, they help identify local tax rates and legal restrictions and prohibitions on imports. These codes are used by almost all the countries in the world, and help uniform identification of internationally traded commodities, irrespective of language and other trade related barriers.
A.Please refer to the Tariff Guide published on our main web page. We advise you to have the correct HS Code determined before importation. You can seek help from Customs Information Centre or Motor Vehicles Unit at the Customs Headquarters in this regard. (Please see the contact details published on this page.)
A. Yes. But the age must not exceed the permitted limit. (Please see table 01). If the age exceeds the permitted limit, a license from the Controller General of Imports &Exports must be obtainedprior to importation.
A. Please refer to 02 above
A. No. Irrespective of the condition/age of the vehicle, the payable Customs Duties are same.
A. The age of a used vehicle is the period between the date of first registration and the date of shipment from the country of export. The date of first registration is available on the export certificate while the date of the Bill of lading/ Air Way Bill is taken as the date of shipment.
A. In addition to the requirements to be fulfilled in importing a vehicle in to the country, as explained before, you must make sure that:
A. Yes. However, the vehicle must be within the permitted age limit. If not, a permit from the Controller of Imports & Exports must be obtained prior to importation. Also, if the vehicle is imported on No Foreign Exchange Involved basis, necessary clearance must be obtained from the Controller General of Imports & Exports prior to importation.
A. No. Under the existing regulations, the amount of Customs Duty payable is equal to what is payable under normal circumstances.
A. This is a matter for Controller General of Imports and Exports to decide. Please refer to him for advice. The Department of Imports and Exports Control is situated at 1st floor, Hemas Building, Colombo 01.
A. No. Under the existing regulations, the amount of Customs Duty payable on such imports is equal to what is payable under normal circumstances.
A. No. Under the provisions of the Customs ordinance, the Customs clearance documents must be presented and the clearance formalities completed by a licensed Customs House Agent. However, Motor Bicycles brought in as part of unaccompanied personal baggage can be cleared by the passenger without a Customs House Agent.
A. Technically, a Motor Bicycle having engine capacity up to 350 cc can be brought in under baggage allowance. However, whether such a motor bicycle can be cleared duty free depends on your duty free allowance entitlement and the valuation of the vehicle. (Please see the answer given to 04th questionabove). If the value of the motor bicycle exceeds the duty free allowance, Customs duty calculated proportionately has to be paid. You are strongly advised to consult the Motor Vehicles Unit before importing such a vehicle, so that you could be aware of the duty liability in advance.
A. In case of a brand new motor bicycle, the purchase receipt is required. In case of a used motor bicycle, the registration papers are required to determine the age of the vehicle. If these documents are not in English language, English translation is required.
|#||Description of Vehicle||Specifications||HS Heading||Age Limit (Years)|
|1||Road Tractors (Prime Movers)||87.01||5|
|3||Buses (10-12 passengers, including Driver)||87.02||3 ½|
|4||Buses (13-24 passengers, including Driver)||87.02||5|
|5||Buses (25 and above, including Driver)||87.02||10|
|8||Sports Utility Vehicles (Jeeps)||87.03||3|
|9||All-Terrain Vehicles (Beach Bikes)||87.03||3|
|10||Dual Purpose Vehicles (Vans)||87.04||4|
|16||Lorries/ Trucks||GVW Less than 5MT||87.04||4|
|17||Lorries/ Trucks||GVW above 5MT||87.04||10|
|18||Refrigerated Trucks||GVW less than 5MT||87.04||4|
|19||Refrigerated Trucks||GVW over 5MT||87.04||10|
|20||Milk Bowsers||GVW less than 5MT||87.04||5|
|21||Milk Bowsers||GVW over 5MT||87.04||10|
|22||Garbage Trucks||GVW less than 5MT||87.04||5|
|23||Garbage Trucks||GVW over 5MT||87.04||10|
|25||Mobile Drilling derricks||87.05||7|
|26||Fire Fighting Vehicles||87.05||7|
|27||Concrete Mixer Lorries||87.05||10|
|30||Concrete Pump trucks||87.05||10|
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