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I will be travelling to the Phillipines soon and I am unsure about what the rules are for bringing in Beer. Official sources are a bit conflicting, so I was wondering if anyone here knew what applies?

What are the limits for bringing in Beer duty free (and non-commerical purposes)? If I exceed those what can I expect to happen?

I'm planning to bring in 6 cans of local Beer as a gift for someone I know there, of about 2 litres in total and a total value of about $10.

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According to the IATA travel centre the duty free alcohol import limits are 2 bottles of maximum 1 litre each. Quoting from the linked website:

Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Free import:

  1. all passengers (18 years of age and over) (duty free allowance only once per year per passenger):

    a. 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grammes pipe tobacco;

    b. 2 bottles alcoholic beverages of not more than 1 litre each

It would therefore seem that you'll have to pay import duty on the exceeding cans of beer. According to the online duty calculator, duty for beer is 15% plus sales tax of 12%.

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So the trip is done.I talked to the customs people when I landed and they informed me that the limit is only for stronger drinks, beer has no restrictions.

  • Which makes sense with the 2 bottles (1 litre max) restriction. Did they give any info on what counts as strong enough (Wine/foritfied wine/liquer/spirit?). Any pointing to where you could find out. – CMaster Jul 10 '15 at 13:51
  • They did not specify, but I brought quite strong beer (about 8.5%, clearly printed on the cans). I do not know how they categorize things no. – OnePie Jul 10 '15 at 14:13

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