Includes import documentation and other requirements for both the U.S. exporter and foreign importer.
Last Published: 7/12/2017

Importation of certain commodities into the Philippines is regulated or prohibited for reasons of public health and safety, national security, international commitments, and development/rationalization of local industry.  Imports are classified as follows:

Freely Importable Commodities: The importation of these commodities is neither regulated nor prohibited and may be imported without the prior approval of or clearance from any government agency.

Regulated Commodities: The importation of these commodities requires clearances/permits from appropriate government agencies, including the Philippine Central Bank or Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Prohibited or Banned Commodities: The importation of these commodities is not allowed under existing laws. Please visit the Department of Trade and Industry for the list of regulated and prohibited imports.

The importation status of any commodity (whether prohibited, regulated, or freely importable) may be checked/verified with the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the Bureau of Import Services (BIS) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), or BSP and any of its authorized agent banks. The Department of Agriculture (DA) can verify the importation status of agricultural products, as well as indicate whether a Minimum Access Volume (MAV) Import Certificate is required, such as for the importation of swine, chicken, etc.
Import documents required for shipments to the Philippines include:

  • Commercial invoice/Pro forma invoice;

  • Bill of lading (for sea freight) or air waybill (for air freight);

  • Certificate of origin (if requested);

  • Packing list;

  • Applicable special certificates/import clearance/permit depending on the nature of goods being shipped and/or requested by the importer/bank/letter of credit clause, e.g., Food and Drug Administration (FDA) license; and

  • Commercial Invoice of Returned Philippine Goods and/or Supplemental Declaration on Valuation. 
    For a Letter of Credit (L/C) transaction, a duly accomplished L/C, including a Pro-forma Invoice and Import Entry Declaration for Advance Customs Import Duty (ACID) is required. A Pro-forma Invoice is required for a non-L/C transactions (e.g., Draft Documents against Acceptance (D/A), Documents against Payment (D/P), Open Account (OA) or self-funded documentation).
    Queries related to import requirements:
    Mr. Luis M. Catibayan, Director
    Bureau of Import Services
    Department of Trade and Industry
    3F Tara Bldg., 389 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
    Makati City 
    Tel: (632) 896-4430
    Fax: (632) 896-4431

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