Shipping Ports :

Major shipment ports are Port Moresby, Lae, Alotau, Madang, Kimbe, Rabaul and Kavieng.


Inspection :

Used vehicle should be inspected before its importation in the country.



Documents for customs clearance :

  1. Invoice showing the correct value, quantity, description, etc.

  2. Bill Of Lading (BOL)

  3. Customs Valuation Declaration

  4. Certificate of origin and value (if applicable)

  5. Import Permits/ Licenses/ Applications, etc (if prohibited/restricted)

Duty free importation of used vehicles in Papua New Guinea is allowed provided the following conditions are met:

  1. The vehicle owner should reside in Papua New Guinea for a period of time exceeding a year, on or from their arrival date.

  2. The vehicle was for the whole period of over twelve months immediately preceding the owner's departure for Papua New Guinea personally owned and used by the owner in the country in which the owner was living.

  3. Proof of ownership of the vehicle in a documentary form, such as registration certificate, invoice/ purchase receipt, insurance certificate and passport, etc. The documents can be produced to the Collector of Customs at the port of importation on demand.

  4. It is established on inspection that the vehicle has been used for a period of over twelve months and that it is roadworthy as per the safety standard and rules under Papua New Guinea's road traffic rules.


If above conditions are not met, then the Customs duty and Import Excise duty that should be paid are decided as follows :-

  1. The actual price paid plus value of any additional fittings and all charges paid or payable incurred in importing the vehicle including insurance and freight.

  2. The value established on the above basis will be subject to depreciation allowance of 5% for the first completed month of ownership and use overseas, less - further 1% for each subsequent month of ownership and use overseas, with a maximum reduction of 40% where a brand new vehicle was purchased from a dealer in the exporting country.

  3. The qualifying period for the depreciation allowance, for value for duty purposes, is to be taken as the period from the date of purchase to date of export to Papua New Guinea or, if sooner, the date of the owner's embarkation for Papua New Guinea provided the vehicle was in the ownership and use of the owner for the whole of the period.

  4. If the evidences provided are not accurate due to discrepancy in value, thus are not accepted by the Collector of Customs. The vehicle could be seized for further investigation and proper estimation value.


Vehicles which do not qualify for concession on duty rate :


Import tax Rates :

Duties= (CIF value*import duty)*GST


For Personal Vehicles :


For commercial vehicles :


Note: Goods and Services Tax (GST) is same for every vehicle (personal and commercial) imported, i.e. 10%.