Guide to Sending Parcels to the Philippines

The Philippines comprises 7600-plus islands, 53 active volcanoes, and hundreds of beaches, mountains, and rainforests. From this beauty and great biodiversity is a country rich in minerals transitioning from an agricultural economy to one more reliant on services and manufacturing.

E-commerce in the Philippines is growing annually at nearly 8% and close to 75% of Filipinos actively use social media.

And with 10 million of its citizens living overseas - one of the largest diasporas in the world - shipping to the Philippines is more lucrative than ever.

Information for this page was taken from various Filipino Government websites as well as from Statista and Export.gov.

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Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Aug 6, 2020
8:49 am
Davao, DA, PH
Delivered
Aug 5, 2020
7:18 am
Cebu, CE, PH
In transit
Aug 4, 2020
9:03 pm
Baguio, BA, PH
International Clearance
Aug 4, 2020
8:14 am
Manila, MA, PH
In transit
Aug 4, 2020
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Aug 3, 2020
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Philippines before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to the Philippines

Documents Only

Documents can be shipped to the Philippines from Canada without a commercial invoice providing the shipment contains 10 or fewer pieces and follows the criteria in the list below.

  • Airline tickets, passports, traveller's cheques, and visa applications
  • Annual reports, intercompany mail (no weight limits), and company newsletters
  • Blueprints (no weight limits), bids and proposals
  • Brochures, catalogues, pamphlets, and price lists
  • Business cards
  • Cash letters (no weight limits) and cheques
  • Charts and computer print-outs
  • Envelopes (must be blank; no weight limit)
  • Forms (must be blank)
  • Greeting cards and invitations
  • Manuscripts, magazines, newspapers, periodicals, and and other publications
  • Manuals (Technical)
  • Maps
  • Negotiable bonds and drafts
  • Photographs
  • Seismic Data
  • Stationery (must be blank)

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Shipping Gifts to the Philippines

Shipping Gifts

Gift shipments to the Philippines do not have exemption rules, meaning duties and taxes apply to all parcels shipped from Canada. Individual customs examiners determine duties based on the value of a shipment and the amount within the package.

Balikbayan Boxes

Balikbayan boxes are made from corrugated cardboard, and they are used by Filipinos living overseas - including Canada - to ship gifts and souvenirs to their relatives. These boxes have evolved from the Philippine culture and tradition of sending home souvenirs when travelling.

The rules for balikbayan boxes are as follows:

  • May contain only non-commercial goods or goods for personal use (commercial quantities are not allowed)
  • The value of the shipment must be a maximum of $500 USD (about $650 CDN)
  • A Filipino may only send 1 box during a 6-month period

NOTE:
A consolidated door-to-door shipment means 2 or more balikbayan boxes from 2 or more senders are assembled and combined together in Canada; and then shipped as a single bill of lading or airway bill to a consolidator agent in the Philippines.

Consolidated balikbayan boxes may only be consolidated in Canada by a licenced and registered foreign freight forwarding consolidator who registered with a Philippine consular office.

Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

Each shipment from an individual in Canada to an individual in the Philippines will be assessed by customs officials to determine if duties and taxes will be owing. The value of the goods plus their quantities decide how much will be charged.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

Shipments from a business in Canada to a business in the Philippines cannot be considered a gift - duties and taxes would have to be paid.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

Gifts sent to an individual care of a business address in the Philippines will also incur taxes and charges regardless of the value of the gift.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
José Rizal
℅ Fort Santiago
Intramuros
Manila
1002 Metro Manila
Philippines

Phone: +63 (2) 8 527 1572
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 3 Aug 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

See the note above regarding balikbayan boxes.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
José Rizal
℅ Fort Santiago
Intramuros
Manila
1002 Metro Manila
Philippines

Phone: +63 (2) 8 527 1572
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 3 Aug 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US
https://www.philippine-embassy.org.sg/the-philippines-2/customs-faqs-on-importation/


Shipping personal effects/belongings to the Philippines

Shipping Personal Effects

The following focuses on shipping personal effects of Filipino citizens to the Philippines. (Information regarding shipping personal effects of non-Filipino citizens from Canada is unavailable at this time.)

Shipping personal effects to the Philippines from Canada can be done duty and tax free with provisions based on the category of the Filipino.

The 4 categories of Filipinos are:

  • Returning Filipino Residents
  • Overseas Filipino Workers
  • Balikbayans
  • Overseas Filipinos (see Moving Permanently for details)

Everyone must abide by the conditions and limitations shown below:

  • The goods are not to be traded, sold, or bartered
  • the shipment is not of a commercial quantity
  • no prohibited goods are in the shipment
  • if the goods are restricted, they have been endorsed by the appropriate regulatory agency
  • the goods have been endorsed by the Department of Finance

Duty and Tax Free Conditions for Filipinos

Definitions of Filipino Categories Duty and Tax Free Conditions

Returning Resident

  • Nationals who have stayed in Canada for
    6 or more months

Allowable Goods

  • Previously exported household and personal effects, such as appliances and luxury items, providing they were declared before leaving the Philippines
  • Household effects purchased in Canada, but not luxury items
  • Clothing and shoes, and items for personal adornment
  • Toiletries
  • Professional tools and instruments

Value Limit of a Shipment

  • A maximum of PHP 350,000 (about $9100 CDN) if in Canada for 10 years or more
  • a maximum of PHP 250,000 (about $6500 CDN) if in Canada between 5 and 10 years
  • a maximum of PHP 150,000 (about $3900 CDN) if in Canada for less than 5 years

Overseas Workers

  • Hold a valid Philippine passport
  • certified by the Philippine government
    to work overseas

Allowable Goods

  • All of the entitlements of a returning resident
  • home appliances and other durables - a maximum of 1 of each type arriving within 60 days of the return of the person

Value Limit of a Shipment

  • a maximum of PHP 150,000 (about $3900 CDN)

Balikbayans

  • Filipino citizen who has been in Canada
    for at least 1 year continuously
  • He or she may be an overseas worker, or former Filipino citizen,
    or their family, who are a naturalized Canadian

Allowable Goods in balikbayan boxes

  • Balikbayan boxes are limited to non-commercial quantities of personal items such as clothing, shoes, foodstuffs, canned goods

Limits to a Shipment

  • A maximum value of $500 USD (about $650 CDN)
  • 1 box per 6-month period per sender

Moving Temporarily

No information regarding moving temporarily to the Philippines is available at this time.

Moving Permanently

Overseas Filipinos (see definition below) who are returning to the Philippines to reside permanently may do so with their personal effects free of duties and taxes.

Personal effects include:

  • Clothing and shoes
  • Household effects, like appliances and furniture
  • Professional tools and instruments for employment, or a trade, or one's occupation

The following rules must be followed to ensure duties and taxes are not incurred:

  • The personal effects are not to be sold or bartered
  • The shipment arrives with the person or within a reasonable period of time
  • The goods were in their home in Canada

Overseas Filipinos are defined as follows:

  • May be a Filipino national or his/her family and descendants
  • Residents or citizens of Canada

Personal Effects Checklist
  • Write 'Personal and Household Effects' on the commercial invoice
  • Personal and Household Effects Declaration (PHED) Form - required for returning residents and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) - see Annex A at the end of this document.
  • All above listed conditions

Sources:
https://www.dof.gov.ph/index.php/download/cmo-15-2017-guidelines-on-the-implementation-of-conditionally-tax-andor-duty-exempt-importation-of-returning-residents-and-returning-ofws-pursuant-to-cao-no-06-2016/?wpdmdl=20185&refresh=5e022480ed1021577198720
http://customs.gov.ph/privileges/

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
José Rizal
℅ Fort Santiago
Intramuros
Manila
1002 Metro Manila
Philippines

Phone: +63 (2) 8 527 1572
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 3 Aug 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to the Philippines

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Many foodstuffs are allowed into the Philippines from Canada providing they are approved by the Philippines Food and Drug Administration or the Department of Health.

Shipments must be:

  • for personal use
  • shipped in a Balikbayan Box, as unaccompanied effects, or by post or courier service

You May Ship

Processed and cooked food (maximum 10 kg)

Do Not Ship

  • Fresh foods such as fruit and fish
  • Frozen meat
  • Processed foods containing milk and milk byproducts, such as
    • Chocolates and chocolate drinks
    • Cereals and cheese
    • Cakes, pastries, and tarts
    • Candies
    • Soya milk
    • Egg powder
    • Royal jelly
    • Pasteurized eggs

Sources:
http://customs.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Memorandum-Importation-of-FDA-DOH-Regulated-Products-For-Personal-Use.pdf
http://www.bai.gov.ph/old/index.php/regulatory/item/431-memorandum-circular-no-4-sanitary-phytosanitary-import-clearance-non-coverage

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
José Rizal
℅ Fort Santiago
Intramuros
Manila
1002 Metro Manila
Philippines

Phone: +63 (2) 8 527 1572
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 3 Aug 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to the Philippines

Samples

Temporary admission of samples is done to promote products and encourage orders.

Samples of goods are allowed entry into the Philippines providing they are unsellable and of no commercial value - less than PHP 10,000 (about $230 CDN).

They must also be shipped:

  • In small quantities
  • With authorization of the Secretary of Finance

Samples of medicines are also allowed duty free entry to the Philippines from Canada with the following conditions:

  • They are clearly and permanently marked with: SAMPLE - SALE PUNISHABLE BY LAW
  • They are being imported to introduce a new medicine to the Philippine market
  • It is a one-time importation and in NOT shipped in bulk or in a commercial size container
  • The importer is a registered and recognised medical professional
  • The importation has been authorized by the Secretary of Finance and the Secretary of Health
  • The samples are new medications not currently available in the Philippines

Sources:
http://customs.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Conditionally-Free.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
José Rizal
℅ Fort Santiago
Intramuros
Manila
1002 Metro Manila
Philippines

Phone: +63 (2) 8 527 1572
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 3 Aug 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to the Philippines

Advertising Material

No information is available regarding shipping advertising material to the Philippines from Canada.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
José Rizal
℅ Fort Santiago
Intramuros
Manila
1002 Metro Manila
Philippines

Phone: +63 (2) 8 527 1572
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 3 Aug 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Have your goods warranty repaired in Philippines

Repairs

Equipment can be shipped to the Philippines from Canada for repair, service, and refurbishment duty and tax free for a period up to 6 months, which can be extended for another 6 months if required.

The equipment must be returned to Canada after this time.

Items Under Warranty

No GST will be charged for equipment and items under warranty that are repaired in the Philippines and returned to Canada.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

GST will be charged if an item is sent to the Philippines for repairs and is no longer under warranty. GST will be applied to the value of the repair work plus any parts added for the repair and on any duties charged.

Sending Product for Repair to the Philippines

The Philippines allows for the entry of product for repairs and reconditioning without the payment of taxes and duties providing the equipment is returned to Canada within 6 months. This time frame can be extended by 6 months if needed.

Returning Product After Repairs are Completed

If your product has been repaired in Canada and is being returned back to the Philippines, ensure to do the following:

  • Write 'REPAIR & RETURN' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section
  • Indicate the value of the product INCLUDING the cost of the repair under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section

Be sure to write the necessary information on the commercial invoice according to the document checklist below.


Repair Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice must clearly state under the General Description or Remarks section the following: 'REPAIR & RETURN' and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Any above listed items

Sources:
http://customs.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Conditionally-Free.pdf
https://www.asean.org/wp-content/uploads/images/archive/documents/AEC/customs/DG20-Annex18.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
José Rizal
℅ Fort Santiago
Intramuros
Manila
1002 Metro Manila
Philippines

Phone: +63 (2) 8 527 1572
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 3 Aug 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to the Philippines

Temporary Imports

Goods can be temporarily imported into the Philippines from Canada free of duties and taxes for a period up to 6 months.

Typical items that qualify for temporary admission include:

  • Instruments for measurement
  • Devices used for testing, checking, and calibrating equipment
  • Goods and materials for exhibitions, meetings, and fairs
  • Material and equipment for educational, cultural, and scientific purposes
  • Equipment for cinematography,broadcasting, and media events

ATA Carnets

At the moment, the Philippines does not accept ATA Carnets.

However, the Philippines' application to be admitted to the Customs Convention on ATA Carnet for the Temporary Admission of Goods is awaiting the Filipino President's signature.

ATA Carnets are very useful for goods that frequently leave and return to Canada. As well, once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide, which makes the application a one-time occurrence.

While ATA Carnets and are beyond the scope of this article, information can be obtained at your local Chamber of Commerce. More information is available here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/

Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://www.asean.org/wp-content/uploads/images/archive/documents/AEC/customs/DG20-Annex18.pdf
http://www.edc.net.ph/category/trade-policy-procedures-simplification/

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
José Rizal
℅ Fort Santiago
Intramuros
Manila
1002 Metro Manila
Philippines

Phone: +63 (2) 8 527 1572
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 3 Aug 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge



Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Philippines

Permanent/Sold Goods

All goods shipped from Canada for permanent entry to the Philippines will incur duties and taxes. There are 2 types of Entries into the Philippines: Informal and Formal Entry

Informal Entry:

Commercial goods where the Declared Customs Value (aka. Free on Board - FOB), has a value of less than PHP 50,000 (about $1280 CDN).

Formal Entry:

Commercial goods with a Declared Customs Value (aka. Free on Board - FOB) of PHP 50,000 or greater. We recommend using the services of a Filipino customs broker for Formal Entries.

Sources:
http://customs.gov.ph/importation/

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
José Rizal
℅ Fort Santiago
Intramuros
Manila
1002 Metro Manila
Philippines

Phone: +63 (2) 8 527 1572
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 3 Aug 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel’s destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Philippines. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Philippines, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See temporary import section
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Personal and Household Effects Declaration (PHED) Form

Required for returning residents and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)

See Annex A at the end of the PHED Form.

Personal and Household Effects Declaration (PHED)

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Prohibited imports are those not allowed to enter the Philippines whereas those deemed restricted may enter, but with limits to quantities or other conditions.

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons, and their parts; ammunition and explosives
  • Gambling devices
  • Sweepstakes and lottery tickets
  • All illegal drugs and narcotics
  • Any material inciting rebellion, treason, or insurrection against the Filipino government
  • Any material that threatens harm to a person
  • Materials intended for an unlawful abortion
  • Printed matter that supplies any information regarding illegal abortions
  • Any obscene or immoral material
  • Foods and goods for human consumption that have been altered or misbranded
  • Goods made from precious metals and alloys without a quality indicator of the metal
  • Goods that infringe on intellectual property laws and similar laws

A complete list of prohibited and restricted commodities and goods, and the agencies regulating them, can be found by clicking here and here.



Restricted Items

Regulated (restricted) products and goods may be shipped to the Philippines in the quantities and conditions shown below, and if they:

  • Are only for personal use
  • shipped using a courier or through the post, or via a balikbayan box

  • Wines and Liquors
    (Maximum 2 bottles, but not exceeding 1.5 L in total)
  • Children's toys (10 pieces of different types, but only 2 of any one type)
  • Processed and baked food(Maximum of 10 kg)
  • Cosmetics (Maximum of 5 kg)
  • Perfume (Maximum of 5 item)
  • Lipstick (Maximum 10 sticks of various types, but only 3 of any one type)
  • Bar soap (Maximum of 2 kg of a variety of soaps, but only 500 g of any one type)
  • Shampoo (Maximum of 2 kg)
  • Lotion (Maximum 2 kg of different types, but only 1 kg of any one type)
  • Childcare items (Maximum of 5 kg)
  • Household substances - dishwashing liquid, detergent, fabric softener, fabric conditioner(Maximum 5 kg)
  • Needles and lancets used to administer insulin(Up to 100 pieces)
  • Medical devices(1 piece of each type)
  • In-vitro diagnostic products (1 piece of each type)
  • In-vitro maintenance test strips (Up to 100 pieces)
  • Over-the-counter drugs (Maximum 50 g)
  • Prescription drugs (Must include the prescription indicating the quantity of medication prescribed, and including the doctor's licence number)
  • Vitamins and health supplements (Maximum of 500 g)

Sources:
https://dti.gov.ph/business/imports/import-facilitation
http://customs.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Memorandum-Importation-of-FDA-DOH-Regulated-Products-For-Personal-Use.pdf

Duty & Taxes

Import duties and taxes on shipments from Canada to the Philippines are calculated based on the sum of the Customs Value, Insurance Amount, and Freight costs (shipping costs). This is known as CIF.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

Philippines imposes several different duties and taxes on imports. They are summarised in the table below .

The major restriction for an individual importing goods into the Philippines is that the maximum value of goods is $3,000 USD (about $3,900 CDN).

If you are a Canadian company shipping goods, you can hire the services of the Philippinesian post office to pay the taxes owing on your shipment, completing the documentation, and delivering the parcel to the receiver.


Thresholds

A shipment sent by international post has a de minimis value of $50 USD (about $65 CDN). This means a shipment of $50 USD or less will be exempt from import tax providing both the sender and recipient are individuals.

Medicines for humans imported for the use of an individual will be exempt from import tax up to the value of $10,000 USD (about $13,000 CDN). (A prescription may be required to prove the individual requires the medication.)

Currency Real (BRL)
Duty Exemption
(De minimis Value)
$50 USD (about $65 CDN)
Duty Calculation Method
Duty Rate
CIF
60%
ICMS TAX (VAT) 17 - 20% (varies for each Philippinesian state)
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
$50 USD
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Philippinesian Duties & Taxes

Name Description Rate
Import Duty Applied to all goods 60%
ICMS Value Added Tax (VAT) A state tax applied to goods,
communication,
and transportation services
17 - 20%
(depends on which state the shipment is destined for)
Federal Excise Tax (IPI) Imposed on industrial goods 0 - 330% (average of 10%). See below

NOTE: Canada is expected to conclude a trade agreement with the Mercosur countries (Philippines, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay) by the end of 2020.


Federal Excise Tax on Imports (IPI)


  • Candy20%
  • Chocolate20%
  • Spirits and Wines20%
  • Tobacco20%
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles20%
  • Computers & Laptops16%
  • Tablets16%
  • Mobiles16%
  • Cameras2 - 18%
  • Accessories for Electronics12%
  • Coats35%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics18%
  • Jewellery18%
  • Shirts & Pants35%
  • Home Appliances18 - 20%
  • Toys35%
  • Sports Equipment20%

Sources:
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/remessas-postal-e-expressa/topicos/declaracao#DIR
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/remessas-postal-e-expressa/topicos/nao-tributacao
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/remessas-postal-e-expressa/topicos/tributacao
https://valor.globo.com/brasil/noticia/2019/10/28/mercosul-deve-concluir-acordos-com-canada-coreia-e-cingapura-em-2020.ghtml
https://home.kpmg/xx/en/home/insights/2018/10/Philippines-indirect-tax-guide.html
https://santandertrade.com/en/portal/international-shipments/Philippines/customs-procedures
http://www.camex.gov.br/images/TEC/abril2019-tec-excel-completa_5.xlsx

Philippines Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewelry in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to the Philippines



Can I ship to the Philippines?

Shipping to the Philippines from Canada can take between 3-8 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform. More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 2 months to complete the delivery.

Find out how fast the Secureship trusted carriers can get your shipment delivered to the Philippines by getting a quote now.


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