For those people not buying from Amazon. There are two types of tax during importation. Duty and VAT. Duty is only charged on items that are also made here in the Philippines. For example there is no duty on computers. VAT Value Added Tax 12% charged on everything over 10K PHP. Customs has the following limits: $10K PHP = $200 USD value of goods + shipping No VAT tax no duty de minimis too small or insignificant to be of importance. 50K PHP = 1,000 USD value of goods + shipping Informal entry limit. Importation license not required. Expect to pay VAT + Duty on value + shipping cost Over 50K PHP Importation license required. You can ask in writing for a waiver of this at the time of importation. Expect to pay VAT + Duty on value + shipping cost I doubt this applies to Amazon customers because Amazon will pay the VAT + duty taxes.