What is the best way to ship goods from China to Philippines ?
Without a doubt, you’re close to do an import/export between China and the Philippines if you’re thinking about this.
We know that great English information about this topic is difficult to find on the internet, so we decided to build this page for you to be informed about the importation process between the two countries. As we’ve acquire 10 years of experience on the Asian market, and we’ve worked numerous hours to study this topic, we compiled all what should be known to master this subject. Regardless of whether you’re a well-rounded importer/exporter, or a rookie in international trades, this document will support you to upgrade or launch your shipping process.
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Is it possible to pay 0 duties and taxes?
China is the country where most of the imported products in the Philippines are coming from in terms of value. 19% of the goods imported into the Philippines are coming from China. In the other way, 22% of the exportations of the Philippines are going to China and Hong Kong. Because the Philippines are being a part of the ASEAN Community, they accepted the cooperation agreements that are smoothing the custom duties and taxes between the two territories. The ASEAN–China Free Trade Area (ACFTA), is the formal treaty acting what tariff barriers and procedures are applicable between China and SE Asia. It diminished to zero, 90% of the taxes over items from China that are imported to the Philippines. Consequently, there is a great probability for you to pay no duties when importing products from China to the Philippines.
You can find below some useful pages to find out what tariff barriers are applicable on your products.
Here is the composition of an HS Code, you can now see what an HS code is and what does it mean.
Here you can find a screenshot about this Integrated Tariff Database (Philippines Customs). You still have a doubt ? feel free to contact our SINO Experts !
How can I be exempted of tax when I’m importing to Philippines?
It is interesting to find out because it will help you to reduce the global price of your shipment.
Sure, it’s feasible. To achieve it, ask your supplier to provide you the completed Form E document. Please ask him to be meticulous, as you will pay duties as a result, if the Form E is incorrectly written.
a) The Certificate of Origin (CO)
The importance of the CO is unneglectable, because it testifies that your goods were made in a precise place and country. The CO must be yield by a government or a notary public. Often, the CO is split into several regional preferential certificates of origin, non-preferential certificates of origin and the GSP certificate of origin (Form A).
b) ASEAN-China Free Trade Certificate of Origin
The China – ASEAN Free Trade Certificate of Origin (FORM E) is valid for all the countries of the ASEAN community, and thus for the Philippines. It complies with the relevant provisions of the product, if issued by the China – ASEAN free Trade Area of preferential origin confirmation letter (FORM E), exports of goods to the 10 countries of the importing country can enjoy preferential tariff treatment, the average tax rate of up to 5%.
The “Trade in Goods Agreement” describes the sample format of the CO that needs to be presented. In Protocol II “Trade in goods agreement”, you must describe what is on the last page.
*You’re now informed about the documents you should provide in the aim of paying less taxes. Now we will detail the different freight methods to transfer goods between the two countries.
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SEA FREIGHT FROM/TO PHILIPPINES
As you probably know, the Philippines is a vertically oriented archipelago containing more than 7500 islands. They are facing Southern China and Taïwan. There are 3 distinguishable regions which are the Luçon region in the north, the Visayas region in the center and the Mindanao region in the south. Because of its population exceeding a 100 million of inhabitants, the density of population is huge in the Philippines. There are many big cities in all parts of the country. The biggest cities are Quezon City, Manila, Davao, Caloocan and Cebu City. For all of this reasons, the country possess numerous seaports through the archipelago. Far above the other ports, the biggest is the port of Manilla. Then the other major ports are the port of Davao, Cebu, Iloilo, Batangas and Cagayan de Oro. All the other ports are smaller than the previous quoted.
Here is a table of the actual transit time between the major ports in China and the Philippines.
Hong Kong / Shenzhen
|9 days||11 days||10 days||9 days|
|Dalian||7 days||9 days||8 days||7 days|
|Tianjin||12 days||14 days||13 days||12 days|
|Qingdao||11 days||13 days||12 days||11 days|
|Ningbo||10 days||12 days||11 days||10 days|
|Shanghai||10 days||12 days||11 days||10 days|
|Xiamen||9 days||11 days||10 days||9 days|
*As far as transit times from China to Philippines are concerned, it should range around 7-13 days, depending on the city of departure in China.
AIR FREIGHT FROM/TO PHILIPPINES
The Philippines have many International Airports that are connecting the islands between them and to the rest of the world.
Here is a list of the International Airports and the cities that are corresponding:
- Manila / Ninoy Aquino International Airport
- Cebu / Mactan-Cebu International Airport
- Davao / Francisco Bangoy International Airport
- Kalibo / Kalibo International Airport
- Iloilo / Iloilo International Airport
- Puerto Princesa / Puerto Princesa International Airport
- Angeles / Clark International Airport
- Zamboanga / Zamboanga International Airport
- General Santos / General Santos International Airport
- Laoag / Laoag International Airport
*Many Asian and International Airlines have chapel and daily flights landing in these airports.
|Manila||2/3 days door to door|
AIR FREIGHT RATES
The weight is not the only factor affecting the quotation. Naturally, the price will also depend on the service you require. A door-to-door service will obviously be more expensive than a door-to-airport.
*If the volumetric weight is higher than the actual weight of your box, the carrier will quote based on this weight. You can use online chargeable weight calculators to make it easier, now that you understand how it works.
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