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          Shipping to Philippines from USA: 5 Tips to Know

          Shipping to Philippines from USA: 5 Tips to Know

          The Philippines is strategically placed in the South China sea and the Pacific to make it a strategic trade partner with the United States. Apart from trade relations the two countries enjoy excellent military partnerships with the US setting up Naval bases in Subic and other places in the past and currently. The United States considers the Philippines a strong Non NATO ally and there are an estimated four million citizens of America with Philippine ancestry and over 200,000 US citizens in the Philippines.

          When it comes to bilateral relations the US is one of the Philippine’s major investment and trade partners having spent over $27 billion in services and goods from the Philippines. It’s actually the third largest trading partner of the Philippines.

          Classification of imports goods

          When shipping to the Philippines from the United States the goods being imported will fall into either one of these categories: either

          Regulated commodities: these are goods under restriction that can be imported only after receiving the relevant clearances and licenses from the government of the Philippines.

          Freely importable commodities: these are products that can be imported into the country without needing any licenses, permits or clearances.

          Prohibited importation: these are goods that cannot be allowed into the Philippines at all according to the law Chapter 3: Section 118 CMTA

          Restricted commodities: these are goods that can be imported only with authorization from Chapter 3: section 119 CMTA

          Prohibited items according to the Philippine law any of the following goods can’t enter the country:

          • Written content that incites treason, insurrection, sedition or rebellion against the government of Philippines
          • Paraphernalia used for drugs or illegal substances
          • Goods manufactured in precious stones and gems
          • Misbranded foods and unadulterated goods

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          Restricted commodites into the Philippines

          According to the Philippine law any of the following goods can’t enter the country:

          • Written content that incites treason, insurrection, sedition or rebellion against the government of Philippines
          • Paraphernalia used for drugs or illegal substances
          • Goods manufactured in precious stones and gems
          • Misbranded foods and unadulterated goods

          Restricted commodities

          These are items that can be accepted into the country when the restrictions are lifted:

          • Gambling machines and devices
          • Gun powder, dynamite, gun powder and other ammunition
          • Weapons of war, firearms, weapons of mass destruction
          • Drugs like marijuana, opium and smoking paraphernalia

          Documentation

          When importing from the US to the Philippines one needs some very specific documentation from the US for the country to allow the imports in. in cases of cosmetics, cleaning supplies, food, personal care products, the American importer needs to provide special certificates like the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) license to prove that the items are safe and fit for human use and consumption.

          Other documentation that should accompany this include:

          Special Economic Zones

          The Philippines provides special economic zones which can be beneficial for large foreign investment such as the investment that flows from the United States. The investment projects can be registered for incentive which include exemption from duty on raw materials and capital equipment.

          American companies looking to invest in the country can take advantage of such special economic zones to set up a company and export raw materials and equipment into the country. These special economic zones also offer the company complete exemption from export tax and Wharfag dues. Subic Shipyard is one such special economic zone.

          AFTA

          The United States and Philippines both belong to the same organizations like the ASEAN regional Forum. As member states of AFTA the Philippines is supposed to apply 0-5% tariff rate to all goods originating from ASEAN members. These rates are under the Common Effective Preferential Tariff Schemes.

          Peak Season 2020

          Dive into the factors affecting this year’s peak season and their impact, as well as the advice and tips needed to begin planning your shipment.

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          Klaus Lydsal

          "Shippers should plan as far in advance as possible. With COVID, Brexit and the elections in USA, this season will be more unpredictable than the previous one."

          Klaus Lydsal, vice president of operations at iContainers