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Customs or Import duty for prayer books and other religious books to Saint Lucia

The Customs or Import duty for prayer books and other religious books to Saint Lucia is classified under Books,Newspapers and Magazines(cdf categories).

The HSCODE applied for prayer books and other religious books is 49-1-99-90-0

The tax is applied on the total sum of item cost, insurance cost and shipment cost.

The custom/import taxes are:

General duty is 0%

Special Tariff rate 1 is NULL

The average VAT rate applicable in Saint Lucia is 0.15

Note: If the special tariff rate is NULL then general duty is applicable.

The other taxes applicable are:

Excise Duty(Alc & tob)

Service charge

To know more information on which tariff rate is applicable from the country you are importing to, look here

To get the accurate amount, calculate here

Calculation method:

Customs Duties or Import duty and taxes will be pending and need to be cleared while importing goods into Saint Lucia Either by a private individual or a commercial entity.

The valuation method is CIF.

  • The import duty and taxes payable are calculated on the complete shipping value, which includes the cost of the imported goods, the cost of freight and the cost of insurance
  • Along with Import duty, import goods are also subject to Sales Tax, Excise Tax, and Service Charge.

Below is the Duty and Sales tax for Saint Lucia :

Duty Rates Average Duty Rate Sales Tax(GST) Threshold on goods
0% to 70% 17.45% ST=15%
VAT = ST * (CIF + Duty+ other taxes)
No minimum threshold(All the goods are duty and taxes payable irrespective of import value)

Extra taxes and customs fees while importing:

Type of Tax Products Rates
Excise Tax Products like alcoholic beverages and most tobacco products Varying range
Service Charge All 6%

Please find the lists and detailed information about other taxes here.


  • Customs duty is levied on goods based on the cost, insurance, and freight (CIF) values and rates determined by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Common External Tariff.
  • Exemptions are granted for raw materials and plant and machinery used in manufacturing and for certain items imported by hotels under construction, extension, or refurbishing projects.
  • Excise taxes are imposed on home-produced goods, mainly liquor, beer, and cigarettes. XCD 1.44 per litre of liquid applies to beer in glass bottles and XCD 3.50 per liquid gallon applies to beers in metal cans.
  • There is also an excise tax on fuel when fuel is imported by a wholesaler. Tax is included on the price of fuel paid at the gas pump. The tax rate formula is based on the current price provided by the supplier and regulated price at the gas pump.
  • Sales Tax is applied on the sum of the CIF value, duty, and all other applicable taxes.
Prohibited Items:

  • Antiques (breakable and/or fragile)
  • Asbestos
  • Furs
  • Hazardous or combustible materials (as defined in IATA Regulations)
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • Liquids, non-hazardous
  • Playing cards
  • Pornography
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