The Republic of the Philippines is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean. With a population of about 100 million people, the Philippines is the seventh-most populous country in Asia and the 12th most populous country in the world. The nation’s large population and economic potential have led it to be classified as a middle power. Its large market means you should want to export from the US to the Philippines.

The country’s primary exports include semiconductors and electronic products, garments, and fruits. Major trading partners include the United States, Japan, and China.

The Philippines is considered to be an emerging market and a newly industrialized country. In 2014, the GDP (PPP) was estimated to be at $692.223 billion. It is currently one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies. It is a founding member of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. Learn more about how to export from the US to the Philippines.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

When shipping a container to the Philippines, you have the option of a full container load (FCL) or groupage (LCL).

Your volume of shipment can help determine the more suitable choice. If the volume is equal to at least half of a container, then a full container load (FCL) will be your best option. A 20-foot container can ship 10 standard pallets, while a 40-foot container can take 22 standard pallets.

Even with smaller shipments, FCL can be your best option if you need to avoid any risk of damage to your goods that could be caused by contact with others’ shipments.

If this is not a concern, you may want to opt for a shared container (LCL, or groupage). This is an economical choice, as you pay only for the container space you need. Consult iContainers for rates and other important information.

Ocean Freight Routes to the Philippines

  • Port of Manila
    This port is the largest and the premier international shipping gateway to the country. It is composed of three major facilities-Manila North Harbor, Manila South Harbor, and the Manila International Container Terminal. Its cargo volume was 3.77 million TEUs in 2013.

  • Port of Davao
    Davao’s port consists of a number of ports, all within the Davao Gulf. The Port of Davao is largely dominated by container cargo, raw materials exportation, bulk cargo, general cargo and passenger traffic facilities. Its outer berth is over 3,000 feet long, and offers various port services. This is the busiest international container port in both Visayas and Mindanao.

  • Port of Cagayan de Oro
    The Cagayan de Oro port zone has a total area of almost 900 acres composed of a land area of about 60 acres and sea area of 840 acres. The port has thirteen common-use berthing spaces, having a total length of almost 3,800 feet, and a container yard of over 157,000 square feet.

Air Freight Transportation to the Philippines

If time is of the essence and your shipment is urgent, air freight may be more appropriate to your needs than ocean transportation. Air freight brings some limitations in terms of volume and weight; check the iContainers calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.