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Shipping in goods to Tahiti

By Steve & Chris Rawlinson of S/Y Scott-Free and Laurent of PYS — last modified Sep 12, 2013 01:40 PM
We would like to recommend a company in Tahiti and to provide an update on costs for Ship in Transit goods.

Published: 2013-09-11 23:00:00
Countries: French Polynesia

Our service batteries failed in Bora Bora typically on the weekend!

We called PSA (found on Noonsite) on Monday morning. We spoke to Vetea who speaks very good English and he could not have been more helpful. That same afternoon we paid the proforma in the bank and the batteries were put on the overnight supply ship Tuesday and we collected them Wednesday morning! The delivery charge was 1500 PF about £10.

We had picked up a buoy off the Yacht Club and could watch the ship arrive and then jump in our rib for the short ride to the commercial dock. On presentation of our bill of lading we were pointed at the correct container and given our batteries, the gentleman then carried them around to the rib and helped load them. All in all a very satisfying ending to what felt like disaster when it first happened.

Contact details are:

PACIFIC SUD ACCUMULATEUR (PSA)

Vetea Liauzun
TEL : (689) 42.47.22  GSM : (689) 73.27.22
vlpsa@mail.pf

The rules for importing tax free goods into Tahiti (presumably for all of French Polynesia) changed mid July. You now temporarily import the goods and then export them when you check out of FP. This was not too onerous, but on the 1st August Customs decided you needed to pay to export the goods! This added 10,000 PF (£70) to our already expensive bill. S - we would now advise against shipping goods into Tahiti unless you really have to. We would recommend the agent we used as he was very efficient but even he was caught out by this new charge and was very apologetic.

Our agents details are:

POLYNESIA YACHT SERVICES

Laurent BERNAERT
(689) 77.12.30
pys@mail.pf

Steve & Chris Rawlinson
S/Y Scott-Free

Noonsite contacted Laurent of PYS for clarification of the new rules for importing tax free goods. He said:

Spare parts and equipment required to repair a vessel under the temporary admission status (“admission temporaire”), may be imported and cleared through customs without paying customs dues.

However, since mid-July 2013, these goods must also be declared for export when you check out of French Polynesia

Yachts owners/skippers can import/export goods by themselves, however there is alot of paperwork involved and the process can be "tricky". Assistance of a yacht agent can be very helpful (which also includes extra services like collecting the shipment at the port/airport and arranging final delivery to the yacht).

Fees involved for bringing in spare parts are those charged by the customs broker (for the 2 Customs declarations / paperwork for "temporary admission" and then "final exportation) and NOT for Customs duties. These fees depend on the shipment's CIF value (goods value + insurance+ freight). On average, fees invoiced by the customs broker for each declaration are between 10 and 25.000 Cfp depending on the CIF value (1 Euros = 119,33 Cfp, 1 Usd is currently approx. 87 Cfp).

Note that all other goods which are imported and not for repairs (for example tv, computer, crew clothing, etc.) must be cleared through Customs and DUTIES must be paid.

Finally, it seems that the specific rules of the Yachts temporary admission status are subject to change in the near future; they are currently under discussion with the local government ....  we hope that everything will be simplified for import shipments... we will see...

Laurent / PYS

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