If importer not a diplomat or returning national – Vehicles must be four (4) years or under with an odometer reading of 50, 000 km or less.
If importer is a returning national There are no restrictions on age or mileage provided the candidate meets all other requirements outlined in the Returning National Guidelines. The vehicle is free of all normally applicable import duties and taxes.
If importer is a diplomat No restrictions apply in this case, and the vehicle is free of all normally applicable import duties and taxes.
Attention !!! It should be noted that Barbadian nationals deported for criminal activities do not qualify under the Returning Nationals Programme.
Excise duty is charged(46.95, 64.35, 76.34, or 93.73%, depending on the engine capacity and chargeable value)
1. Motor Vehicles falling under H.S. Heading 87.03 whose engine capacity is 1800 cc or more and have a chargeable value exceeding $ 45,000 – rate of excise tax is 120 %
2. Motor vehicles for the transport of goods (H.S. No. 87.04) will be taxed as follows
2.a Where the gross vehicle weight does not exceed 5 tonnes and where the chargeable value does not exceed $ 45,000, the rate of excise tax is 62.77 %
2.b Where the gross vehicle weight does not exceed 5 tonnes and where the chargeable value exceed $ 45,000 the rate of excise tax is 80.16 %
2.c Where the gross vehicle weight exceeds 5 tonnes, the rate of excise tax is 10 %
The value added tax is currently levied at 17.5% on most used cars imported into Barbados.
Additional 1% environmental levy is also imposed. The environmental levy rates that vary from the standard 1% on used motor vehicles (USD $1000.00). All used vehicle imported in containers incur a 0.75 % environmental levy of Cost, Insurance, and Freight Rate(CIF) value.