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Old 12th January 2015, 04:59 PM
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Best thing to do regarding the ring is hand carry it ! something worth that amount of money is too much of a temptation even for customs guys !
Take a photo of the ring and the receipt and when you get to the scanner tell the guys there you have a ring tell who it is for and show it too them !!
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If you show it to a customs guy be prepared for a huge import duty.
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If you show it to a customs guy be prepared for a huge import duty.
Using an online duty calculator the total import duty on a $7000 ring would be about 62000 pesos.

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Good info Gary. But I am not quite clear. Does this example apply to the ring as a GIFT being brought in to the country? Under what other circumstances would a duty be applied?

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Ring in wallet worked for me and declared the band as being "$100" value. The Wii I brought once, no box, was also for my "personal use" only while visiting and got by ok. Creativity. If worried, have her meet you in Hong Kong, propose there and she can just wear it then; I know a been there and done that guy. For sure later, she won't be wanting to wear that out and about in Manila, or about any other place. My wife has a "thrown down" ring for that purpose.

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My wife used to worry about jewelry but finally felt I want to wear it, so far so good, no problems yet.
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Good info Gary. But I am not quite clear. Does this example apply to the ring as a GIFT being brought in to the country? Under what other circumstances would a duty be applied?
When you entre the Philippines you have a duty free allowance of I think it is 10,000 pesos. That covers everything that is not for your own personal use. If you can ware it you should get away with it.
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Funny, when I came years ago to move and marry here; I brought the wedding and engagement rings in the store's velvet box and just carried it in my pocket to prevent loss in luggage. Never even entered my mind to declare the thing and not one person said a word. I'd just put the thing in my pocket and forget it.

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I agree Jet. Just too much over thinking going on here. As long as everyone is aware of the law just in case, but apart from that just care on as usual.

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not sure if OP understood, in my opinion, telling too much unsolicited info is not healthy, in Philippines

Once I came in, I had a used CD player, and the officer with a smile asked "what is in your bag sir . "

I should have said personal stuff, instead I blurted out "CD Player"

with a smile the guy asked who I am bringing it for and proceeded to write a tax receipt of 1000 peso ..
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Never volunteer any information and only give a bare minimum as necessary.

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