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The documents required for export from Philippines is based on the product exporting from
Philippines, multilateral, bilateral or unilateral trade agreements, and other trade policies of
Philippines government. The export documents required in Philippines also depends up on the
nature of goods exporting, regular trade policy of Philippines Government, specific goods
exporting from Philippines.

The documentation procedure to export goods in a country is almost same in all countries
worldwide. Certificates and license required for exportation of goods and services is uniformed
by all WTO countries in almost all areas.



 Electronic Export Information if applicable

 Certificate of Health or Sanitation if applicable
 Generic Certificate of Origin if applicable
 Dangerous Goods Certificate if applicable
 Fisheries Certificate if applicable
 Fumigation Certificate if applicable
 Halal Certificate if applicable
 Health Certificate if applicable
 Ingredients Certificate if applicable
 Inspection Certificate if applicable
 Pre-Shipment Inspection certificate if applicable
 Phytosanitary Certificate/quarantine certificate if applicable
 Radiation Certificate if applicable
 Dock Receipt and Warehouse Receipt if applicable
 ISPM 15 (Wood Packaging) Marking certificate if applicable
 Product manual or Product catalogue if applicable
 Certified Engineer's Report if applicable
 Chartered engineer’s certificate if applicable
 Product specification certificate
 Other specified documents if applicable

Certain products require government permission to be exported. Below is a detailed list of products
requiring additional permission as well as the concerned government authority:

 Endangered species of flora and fauna (Bureau of Biodiversity Management);

 Animals and animal products (Bureau of Animal Industry);
 Fish and fish products (Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources);
 Plants (Bureau of Plant Industry);
 Rice (National Food Authority);
 Radioactive materials (Philippine Nuclear Research Institute) and;
 Sugar and molasses (Sugar Regulatory Administration).


 Purchase order or Letter of Credit

 Commercial Invoice cum packing list
 Pro forma Invoice
 Bill of exchange
 Certificate of Origin
 Insurance Certificate
 Certificates of Inspection if applicable
 Electronic Export Information if applicable
 Certificate of Health or Sanitation if applicable
 Other specified documents if applicable

 Customs Entry document: (specified by Exporting country customs) prepared by exporter’s

customs broker or exporter.
 Customs bond if applicable for specific goods exporting to claim import benefits from
Exporting country government.
 Legal Undertaking (LUT) if applicable to claim export benefits from exporting country
government or to export specific products to meet government requirements and obligations.
 Customs declarations wherever applicable: Exporting country’s export customs clearance
declarations as per specified format of exporting country’s government.
 Export License if applicable to be obtained from government agency of Exporting country.
 Purchase order or Letter of Credit between Exporting country’s exporter and overseas buyer
of goods.
 Commercial Invoice cum packing list issued by seller of goods
 Certificate of Origin issued by competent authority of origin country of goods.
 Insurance Certificate issued by the government authorized insurance service provider
 Certificates of Inspection if applicable: Some of the importers demands exporter (seller)
through LC or Purchase order to inspect export goods to Exporting country by an
internationally recognized inspection agency like SGS, BVQI, or other Quality inspecting
agency etc.
 ATA CARNET/Temporary shipment certificate if applicable
 Certificate of Analysis if applicable. The buyer may insist the seller to enclose certificate of
analysis about the goods. The same certificate helps Exporting country’s customs authorities
to confirm the product imported to the country.
 Certificate of Free Sale if applicable. If goods are not commercially involved, a certificate
of sale is attached by exporter along with goods dispatched.
 Weight Certificate if applicable. Weight certificate issued by exporter is required at various
circumstances like satiability of flight, satiability of vessel, International road safety rules,
import or export duty calculation, claiming export/import benefits from government etc.
 Consular Invoice if applicable: Some of the importing countries insists embassy attested
documents which is mandatory at importing country to customs clear goods.
Tariffs and Taxes

For exporters

The only exported good which incur a tariff are logs at 20 percent.

Special Economic Zones

Businesses operating in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) or free port zones are exempted from
paying taxes and tariffs on imported raw material and manufacturing equipment. As stipulated in
the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, 2015, the main SEZs in the Philippines include:

 Clark Freeport Zone;

 Poro Point Freeport Zone;
 John Hay Special Economic Zone;
 Subic Bay Freeport Zone;
 Cagayan Special Economic Zone;
 Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone and;
 Freeport Area of Bataan

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