Trinidad and Tobago - Country Commercial Guide
Import Tariff
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Customs duty is assessed on the fair market value of imported goods at the time they land in TT.  Import prices for products entering TT generally consist of cost, insurance, freight, and duty, with standard value added tax (VAT) of 12.5 percent levied on the aggregate value.  VAT is reduced to zero percent for certain goods such as specific food items.  VAT-free items can be found here.  There is also a seven percent tax for imports purchased online.

As a member of CARICOM, TT has implemented CARICOM’s Common External Tariff for goods from countries outside CARICOM, with import tariffs up to 20 percent. Items including books, CDs, computer hardware and software, and scanners enter tariff-free.  Auto parts, DVD players, and jewelry have a 30 percent tariff.  For social and/or environmental reasons, distilled spirits and wine, tobacco products, and motor vehicles are subject to high excise taxes.  To look up duties and tariffs use, use the Customs Info Database tariff look-up tool, available on (free registration required), to estimate duties and taxes.