Used Household Goods and Personal Effects
- Original of passport
- Sea waybill (BL) / air waybill (AWB)
- Inventory list in English
- Copy of visa
- All incoming shipments are subject to the payment of duties and taxes, except for the following duly
approved visas, stamped on the original passport and ACR I CARD:
- Holders of 9G, 13G, 13A, 9D, 47A2, SRRV, EO 226 visa – owners of the goods are entitled a full tax
exemption; the application for the exemption should be submitted to the Department of Finance.
- Diplomatic shipments are fully tax-exempt.
- Embassies and diplomatic organizations must apply for any tax exemption from the Department of
Foreign Affairs (DFA).
- Returning Philippine passport holders with 13E Visa (Returning residents) who were Permanent
residents abroad / OFW.
- Depending on length of stay abroad:
- Less than 5 years = Php 150,000/BL
- More than 5 years = Php 250,000/BL
- More than 10 years = Php 350,000 /BL
- Incoming shipments of household goods are subject to 100% customs examination, x-ray / scanning
except for diplomatic shipments.
- For air shipments, Customs clearance with a direct payment of duties takes 3 - 5 working days from
the date of arrival of the shipment.
- All air shipments are subject to airport storage starting from the arrival date of the cargo
- For shipments with tax exemption application, Customs clearance takes approximately 10 - 15 working
days from the receipt of the complete documents including the duly approved exemption from DFA, from
the date of arrival of the air shipment.
- For less than container load (LCL) sea shipments, Customs clearance with a direct payment of duties
takes approximately 7 - 10 working days from the transfer of shipments to the Customs bonded
- For less than container load (LCL) sea shipments with a tax exemption application, Customs clearance
takes approximately 8 - 12 working days from the receipt of the complete documents or transfer of
shipments to Customs bonded warehouse.
- For full container load (FCL) sea shipments, Customs clearance with a direct payment of duties takes
approximately 7 - 10 working days from the date of arrival of the shipment and 10 - 15 working days
for shipments with a tax exemption application.
- Approved BIS / DTI import permit
- Packing list
- Proof of purchase (i.e. deed of sale)
- Only diplomats are allowed duty-free importation.
- Duties and value added tax (VAT) for non-diplomats are assessed up to 90% of the vehicle value.
- Non-diplomatic vehicle owners must obtain a permit prior to departure or incur possible delays and
IAM Note: The Philippines have very specific import procedures on
importing motor vehicles and the owner should contact, in advance of loading or exportation, the
nearest Philippine Embassy, Consulate, or agent to obtain the most recent information as these rules
and procedures change frequently.
- Vaccination certificate
- Veterinary health certificate
- First page copy of owner of the goods’ passport
- Import permit (from the Bureau of Animal Industry)
- The health certificate must be issued within 10 days of the importation of each pet.
- A flat rate of $650 USD will be charged for each animal.
- There is no quarantine period required in the Philippines.
- Dogs, cats, and birds are not restricted for importation; however, they are taxable.
- Vaccination certificate must be issued from the country of origin and include rabies vaccination
- The Quarantine Inspector in Manila must be notified at least 24 hours prior to the arrival of an
- Pets may be transported as accompanied baggage or as cargo; contact airline for specific
- It is possible that a pet considered “exotic” would be restricted; therefore, the owner should
contact the Philippine Embassy, Consulate.
- Ammunition, explosives and firearms must be duly licensed and have Philippines National Police
- Drugs and medicines, including over-the-counter pharmaceutical, prescription drugs and medicines
should be hand carried in minimal amounts.
- Computers can be imported as part of a household goods and personal effects shipment.
- Duties and taxes are assessed by Philippine Customs.
- Wine, liquor and food items should be loaded last into the container to facilitate easy inspection
by Philippines Customs and all boxes clearly marked.
- A separate inventory should be made for wine, liquor and food items with detailed information such
as the number of bottles, volume of each bottle, and type of spirit, value and alcohol percent.
- The following items may qualify for free import if within the limits indicated:
- Cigarettes (400), cigars (50), tobacco (250 g)
- Alcohol (maximum of 6 bottles of 1 L each)
- Obscene literature, photographs and films
- Politically subversive literature
- Narcotics and drugs
- Gambling equipment
- Firearms (guns / ammunition)
- Sharp or bladed weapons
- Perishable items
Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been
met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.
Movguru note: These policies can change as per customs regulations at
any time without notice. Treat this document as informative guide. Movguru has published this document
as guide only for information purpose on its sole discretion and holds no depiction of expressing or
inferred to the precision or applicability of its content.