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Automobile Tariffs by Country 2024

Across the world, the average tariff on the price of an automobile is approximately 22 percent. This means that countries impose a tax on automobiles coming from other countries of approximately 22 percent, on average. This means that if a car coming into the country is typically priced at approximately $20,000, that car might sell for approximately $24,400 in the country. Therefore, people who want to purchase a car that has been made in another country may have to pay more to purchase that specific car when compared to cars that are made domestically.

How Do Tariffs Work?

The goal of a tariff is to raise the price of goods coming from another country to make that country's goods look less attractive. Countries do not necessarily need to impose the same tariff on all goods. For example, the tariff on a car coming from one country may be different when compared to the tariff placed on other goods coming from that same country. Furthermore, a country may place a different tariff on cars coming from country A than the tariff placed on cars coming from country B.

Furthermore, tariffs tend to fall under two separate categories. The first is a percentage tariff, which is described above. The tariff is calculated as a percentage of the overall price of the car. The other type of tariff is called a flat-rate tariff. This means that there is an additional fee placed on the price of the good, regardless of the overall price of that good. The goal of a tariff is to encourage people to buy domestic products instead of ones coming from overseas.

What Countries Have the Highest Tariffs Placed on Cars?

There are several countries that have very high tariffs placed on cars. For example, the Maldives places a tariff on cars at approximately 111 percent. India also places a very high tariff on cars, coming in at around 106 percent. Iran is another country with very high tariffs placed on automobiles, coming in at approximately 90 percent. If the tariffs placed on a car is approximately 100 percent, this means that the price of the car in that specific country is double what it would be in a country that does not have a tariff at all. Keep in mind that these countries may place different tariffs on different types of automobiles coming from different countries.

What Countries Have the Lowest Tariffs Placed on Cars?

On the other hand, there are several countries that have very low tariffs that they place on cars. In fact, they are so low that some countries do not have any automobile tariffs at all. The countries that do not have any terrorists that they place on automobiles include Switzerland, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, and Mauritius. People who would like to buy a car in one of these countries that has been made somewhere else should not have to pay any additional fees or taxes to do so.

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Country
Duty Rate
Sales Tax
Additional Duties and Taxes
India125%0%Landing charges (1% CIF) | Countervailing duty (24% (Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges + Landing charges)) | CESS (3% (Duty + Countervailing duty)) | Additional Countervailing Duty (4% (Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges + Landing charges + Countervailing duty + CESS))
Thailand80%7%
Vietnam70%10%Special sales tax (45)
Pakistan60%17%
Indonesia40%10%Income tax (7.5% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges)
Egypt40%15%
Venezuela40%12%
Ecuador40%12%FodInfa (Children development fund) (0.5% CIF) | ICE (Consumption Tax) (0% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges)
Brazil35%-1%Airport fee (50% (Storage fee + Handling fee)) | Storage fee (1% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges) | Handling fee (BRL0.015 per KG) | Declaration fee (BRL30.00) | IPI (40% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges) | PIS PASEP COFINS tax ((9.25% (CIF * (1 + ICMS%) * (Duty% + IPI% * (1 + Duty%)))) / (0.9075 * (1 – ICMS%))) |
Colombia35%16%
Argentina35%21%Statistical fee (0.5% CIF)
Philippines30%12%
Malaysia30%10%Excise (60%)
Sri Lanka30%12%Excise (92%) | PAL (Ports and Airport Levy) (5% CIF)
China25%17%Consumption tax (3% (Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges / (100 – 3)))
Bangladesh25%15%Supplementary Duty (SD) (45% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges) | Regulatory Duty (RD) (5% (Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges + Supplementary Duty (SD))) | Advance Trade VAT (4% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges) | AIT(Advance Income Tax) (5% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges) |
South Africa25%14%
Botswana25%12%
Namibia25%15%
Lesotho25%14%
Nigeria20%5%
Mexico20%16%DTA (0.8% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges)
Dominican Republic20%18%Exchange Surcharge (13% CIF)
Morocco17.5%20%Parafiscal tax (0.25% CIF)
Taiwan17.5%5%Commodity tax (25% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges) | Trade promotion fee (0.04% CIF)
Turkey10%1%Special consumption tax (37% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges)
Germany10%19%
United Kingdom10%20%
France10%20%
Italy10%22%
South Korea10%10%Education tax (30% (Special consumption tax, or Liquor tax, or Interior tax, whichever is applicable)) | Special tax for rural development (10% Special consumption tax) | Special consumption tax (5% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges)
Spain10%21%
Poland10%23%
Romania10%24%
Netherlands10%21%
Belgium10%21%
Sweden10%25%
Czech Republic10%21%
Greece10%23%
Portugal10%23%
Hungary10%27%
Austria10%20%
Bulgaria10%20%
Denmark10%25%
Slovakia10%20%
Finland10%24%
New Zealand10%15%Import entry transaction fee (NZ$46.89)
Ireland10%23%
Croatia10%25%
Lithuania10%21%
Slovenia10%22%
Latvia10%21%
Estonia10%20%
Cyprus10%19%
Reunion10%8.5%Excise (18%)
Luxembourg10%15%
Malta10%18%
Guadeloupe10%8.5%Excise (9.5%)
Martinique10%8.5%Excise (9.5%)
French Guiana10%0%Excise (23%)
Jersey10%5%
Isle of Man10%20%
Andorra10%4.5%
Guernsey10%0%
Monaco10%20%
San Marino10%0%
Israel7%18%Import port fee (US$50.31 Import port fee if weight more 50 kg per shipment)
Canada6.1%-1%Excise (CA$60.00 per piece)
Peru6%16%Excise (0%) | Additional fee (0% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges) | Municipal tax (2% (Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges + Excise + Tariff surcharge))
Chile6%19%Classification Charge (1% CIF)
Saudi Arabia5%0%
Australia5%10%Import Processing Charge (AU$40.20) | Luxury Car Tax (33% * (10 / 11) * (Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges + GST – 60316))
United Arab Emirates5%0%
Oman5%0%
Kuwait5%0%
Qatar5%0%
Bahrain5%0%
United States2.5%-1%Merchandise Processing Fee
Puerto Rico2.5%7.25%
Japan0%8%
Guatemala0%12%
Jordan0%16%
Hong Kong0%0%
Singapore0%7%Excise (20%)
Norway0%25%Other import fee (NOK386.10 per g + NOK140.00 per pcs)
Costa Rica0%13%Consumption tax (83% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges) | Law 6946 (National Emergency Law) (1% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges) | GE (Vat on estimated earnings) (25% (Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges + Consumption tax + Law 6946 (National Emergency Law)))
Panama0%7%ISC (Consumption tax) (12% Cost, Insurance, Freight and Pier or Docking charges)
Macau0%0%
Switzerland0%8%
Liechtenstein0%8%
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Which country has the highest import tax on cars?

The Maldives has a tariff on cars that is set at a rate of 111%, which is the highest rate in the world. India is also a country that has a tariff of over 100% on cars. India's tariff comes in at 106%.

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