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PHILIPPINE CUSTOMS INFORMATION

PHILIPPINE CUSTOMS INFORMATION
 PHILIPPINE CUSTOMS INFORMATION
NOTE
Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief
summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being
provided for general guidance to a
ssist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to
change without notice, Allfreight International cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other
detrimental events resulting from non
compliance. Always double check with y
our local embassy or
consulate.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
Passport (original) showing last departure and arrival date
Residence Visa
Residence Permit
Work Permit
Inventory (should state each item as “used” and in English)
o
Duplicate appliances always taxable
Letter of Request for Exemptio
n:
o
Customs Bond
o
Letter of Guarantee
o
Bank Guarantee
o
(Necessary for certain Visa categories only)
Other documents may be required, depending on customer’s immigration status
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
CUSTOMER MUST BE PRESENT FOR CUSTOMS CLEARANCE
Shipment
must not arrive before visa is approved
Shipment must arrive within 60 days before or after customer’s arrival
All shipments are subject to 100% inspection upon arrival
All household goods and personal effects must have been in customer’s possession for
at least six months prior to importation
Temporary visitors are allowed to bring household goods, personal effects and vehicles
provided they file a re
export bond good for six months or pay the levied Customs
duties/taxes
For immigrant/permanent reside
nt, all used household goods and personal effects are
allowed full tax and duty
free entry on one shipment (air or sea)
Non
resident/retiree (first time to settle), all used household goods and personal effects
not exceeding U.S. $7,800 are allowed entry
tax and duty
free
DUTIABLE/RESTRICTED ITEMS
Animals, fish, and plants
Films, video tapes, and disks
Medicines
Telecommunication equipment
Color reproduction machine
Motor vehicle parts
PHILIPPINE
CUST
OMS INFORMATION
NOTE
Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief
summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being
provided for general guidance to a
ssist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to
change without notice, Allfreight International cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other
detrimental events resulting from non
compliance. Always double check with y
our local embassy or
consulate.
PROHIBITED ITEMS
Firearms and ammunition
Realistic toy guns
Narcotics, opium, and opium smoking paraphernalia
Drugs intended for abortion
Pornography
Adulterated and misbranded drugs
Counterfeit, altered, or imitated coins, paper money, banknotes, and securities
Gambling machines and articles
Gold/silver and
precious metal bullion
Commercial quantities of foodstuffs, used clothing, and rags
MOTOR VEHICLES
The importation of privately owned vehicles (POV’s) to the Philippines is very restrictive.
The process is long, requires a great deal of paperwork, and
a special import permit is
required.
This permit is available only in the Philippines, and can not be issued by an
embassy or consulate office
CUSTOMER MUST BE PRESENT FOR CUSTOMS CLEARANCE
Only returning Filipino residents and foreign embassy diplomats
are allowed to import
motor vehicles “Duty Free”
All motor vehicles must have an Import Authority Permit issued by the Philippine Bureau
of Import Service before the vehicle is shipped.
Owner must have lived abroad for at least one year and car must hav
e been registered in
his name at least six months if the car is more than three years old, vehicles more than
three years old should be registered under shippers name at least one year prior to
application of the Import Permit
Failure to comply with above
will result in PENALTIES AND CONFISCATION of vehicle
Auto must arrive within 60 days of customer’s arrival
Destination Agent must be contacted prior to shipping any vehicles
All vehicles subject to taxes and duties
Gasoline
fueled cars limited to 2,80
0 cc not over 1,500 kgs
Right
hand driven vehicles not permitted
Only one vehicle allowed per family
Autos five years old or older not permitted
Banned/unauthorized motor vehicles subject to seizure; owner subject to penalties
Documents required:
o
Ori
ginal Registration and proof of ownership
o
Import Permit from Department of Trade or Bureau of Import


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