Philippines

PHILIPPINES – CUSTOMS INFORMATION

Imports
General Import Guidelines
Import Duties and Fees
Duties Exemption
Imports Required Documents
General Imports
Re-Export
Temporary Import – Exhibition / Repair and Return
Exports
Transiting Goods
Prohibited / Restricted Goods
References

View Philippines Customs HS Code

Imports

General Import Guidelines
The importer must have a valid importer code from Customs Authorities
Imported goods must conform to licensed activities of the importer
Imported goods must be accompanied with an International Waybill, an Original Commercial Invoice, and a Packing List
HS Codes must be stated clearly on the Commercial Invoice. Where the HS Codes are not stated, Customs Authorities shall determine the proper HS Codes based on the goods and the stated description

Import Duties and Fees
The customs valuation is based on CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) which means that the amount used to assess customs duty is the sum of cost of goods, insurance and shipping cost to Philippines
Customs tariff applicable on imported goods depend on HS Codes
The standard rate of VAT imposed on imported goods into Philippines is 12%

The following is a trade agreement with Philippines that can benefit from customs reduction rate. To benefit from customs reduction, Certificate of Origin accompanied with Commercial Invoice are required
World Trade Organization (WTO)

Duties Exemption

A number of goods are exempted from customs duties and VAT. Below are some of the applied exemptions:
Goods addressed to government or semi-government agencies
Diplomatic goods
Imports for non-dutiable authorities and organizations

Imports Required Documents

General Imports

Import Declaration is processed in the event of goods being imported into Philippines from other countries. The below documents are needed:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Packing List (detailed)

Re-Export

Import Declaration is processed in the event of importing goods into Philippines for purpose of re-exporting. The below documents are needed:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Packing List (detailed)

Temporary Import – Exhibition / Repair and Return

Upon entry of goods into Philippines on temporary basis for the purpose of taking part in an exhibition or repairs / maintenance, a deposit amount equivalent to customs duties and VAT has to be made for the benefit of Philippines Customs Authorities. The deposit is refunded upon exporting the goods. If the goods are not being exported the deposit is forfeited. The below documents are needed:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Packing List (detailed)

When completing your Commercial Invoice, we recommend that you abide by Aramex guidelines to ensure timely and efficient clearance Read More

Exports

When exporting goods from Philippines some documents and regulations will be applied before the exit of goods to the destination. Failure to submit required documents may delay goods when exporting

Exporters need to include the following documents with their goods:

Original Commercial Invoice
For certain goods, a strategic export license is required. Example where these licenses are needed include: military, and dual-use
Other documents that could be required would depend on the specific requirements of the destinations. Aramex maintain a list of needed documents and customs information per country (please select country name on this )

Important Notes
All exported goods might be inspected by Customs Authorities
Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Philippines

Transiting Goods

To process Transiting Goods, the below documents are needed:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Packing List (detailed)

Prohibited / Restricted Goods

Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Philippines

In accordance to Aramex Shipping Policy, the following items are not acceptable for transport by Aramex:

Monetary items including currency, fake money, and coins
Publications that are offensive to religions, morals, human rights or aims to cause corruption and disorder
Narcotics and drugs including heroin, opium, drugs raw material (powder, liquid), cannabis leaves, etc.
Counterfeit goods covering all brands of clothes, machinery, shoes, electronics, watches etc.
Fireworks*
Ivory and ivory products*
Furs*
Jewelry, precious metals , stones, articles or antiques of exceptional high value*
Bullion*
Chemical waste and nuclear waste
Hazardous as defined in IATA Regulations*
Ammunitions*
Human remains, including ashes*
Animals, plants, food items and perishable*

* Certain goods which are listed above as prohibited may be accepted by Aramex on a contractual basis, if exporters / importers are able to comply with all applicable regulations

Some goods require approval from the designated authority prior to importing into Philippines. Some examples are shown below:

Pharmaceutical, and cosmetics products require approval from Food and Drug Administration
Food, live animals ,and plants products require approval from Department of Agriculture
Electronics and technology products require approval from National Telecommunications Commission

References
Philippines Customs
Philippines Customs HS Code
Customs Terminologies

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