As of 1 June 2014, vehicles imported into St Helena are charged at a variable rate of customs duty based on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle.  This provides an incentive to the importer to buy more fuel efficient, lower emission vehicles – allowing them to make a choice about the environmental implications of their car purchase.

Customs & Excise now use the following table to calculate customs duty.

Band CO2 per km Previous Rate Current Rate Example Vehicles in this Band
A 0-100g 35% 15% Toyota Prius Hybrid

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6 TDCi

Ford Focus ECOnetic  1.6 TDCi

Toyota Aygo Ice 1.0 VVT-i

B 101-120 g 35% 25% Vauxhall Astra SRi 1.3 CDTiecoFLEX

Ford Focus Zetec 1.0T EcoBoost

Suzuki Swift 1.2 SZ2

Renault Megane 1.2 TCe

C 121-165g 35% 35% Volkswagen Polo SEL 1.2 TSI

Suzuki Jimny 1.3 SZ3

Ford Focus Studio 1.6

Land Rover Freelander 2 2.2 TD4 S

D 165g-185g 35% 40% Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.9 DDiS SZ5

Toyota RAV4 XT-R 2.0 VVT-i

Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0 TSI

E > 185g 35% 45% Land Rover Defender 110

Toyota Land Cruiser V8

Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.4 SZ4

 The CO2 emissions used in the duty calculation are based on the official CO2 figures provided by the car manufacturer – these can be found on the UK Government’s official site, Vehicle Certification Agency – an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport  This is the site Customs & Excise use for duty calculation.  The duty is NOT based on the current CO2 emission of a car, which does vary from car to car and with age and use. Custom & Excise therefore do not use emission reports provided as part of UK MOTs to calculate the duty payable.

The rate is then applied against the value of the vehicle to give the duty payable.  This is taken from the sales receipt or invoice for the vehicle. The value is checked against similar sale prices and any discrepancies are further investigated by Customs & Excise.

If you have any further questions on the how to calculate your duty then please contact Customs & Excise on tel: 22287, email: or visit the office at the Wharf.


3 February 2015






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