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Customs or Import duty for Travel guides to Lao People Democratic Republic

The Customs or Import duty for Travel guides to Lao People Democratic Republic is classified under Books,Newspapers and Magazines(cdf categories).

The HSCODE applied for Travel guides is 49-11-10-90-0

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

The custom/import taxes are:

General duty is 5%

Special Tariff rate 1 is 0%

Special Tariff rate 2 is NULL

Special Tariff rate 3 is NULL

Special Tariff rate 4 is NULL

Special Tariff rate 5 is 3%

Special Tariff rate 6 is NULL

The average VAT rate applicable in Lao People Democratic Republic is 0.1

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

The other taxes applicable are:

Excise Duty(Alc & tob)

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 Laos Either by a private individual or a commercial entity.

The valuation method is CIF.

  • The sum of the value of the imported goods and the cost of shipping and insurance.
  • Along with Import duty, import goods are also subjected to VAT and Excise Duty.

Below is the Duty and Sales tax for Laos :

Duty Rates Average Duty Rate Sales Tax(GST) Threshold on goods
5% to 40% 11.27% ST = 10%
VAT = ST * (CIF + Duty+ other taxes)
No thresholds.


  • As there is no threshold, all the products are subjected to duty and other taxes irrespective of their values.
  • Duty rates are based on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) harmonised tariff nomenclature for imports from ASEAN member countries (ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement [ATIGA]).
  • Lao PDR has also signed free trade agreements (FTAs) with ASEAN dialogue countries: Australia and New Zealand (under their Closer Economic Relations FTA), China, India, Japan, and Korea; otherwise, normal rates are applied. Duty rates range between 0% and 40%, depending on whether the goods are ASEAN or other source.

Below is the Excise duty in Laos :

Products Range
fuel 5% to 25%
alcohol 50% to 70%
tobacco 60%
cosmetics 20%

Please refer detailed information of excise duty for Laos here.

Prohibited Items:

  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. mats
  • Furs
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • Military equipment
  • Personal mail
  • Playing cards
  • Pornography
  • Postal envelopes
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