Shipping from China to Philippines

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?

Info SINO: It’s the million-dollar question, that every international trade worker tries to solve.

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.

Remark SINO: You don’t have to provide an import license for every product. It will depend on the products you want to import within Philippines. You can have a look at the customs official website to know whether you should apply for a permit or not.  Here you will find the official website: Customs Philippines

Remark SINO: On the official website of the ASEAN–China Free Trade Area, there is a great tool permitting you to calculate what tariff barriers are existing on your goods. Let’s say that you want to import steel from China to the Philippines. In the Key Words bar, type “steel”. In the Country of Origin bar select “China”, and in the Country of Destination bar select “Philippines”. Then search and you will find the rates that are currently applying for steel. ASEAN – CHINA Free trade aera business portal


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SINO TipsThe transaction value method is first considered in establishing the customs value, which is the Cost, Insurance, and Freight (CIF) value under International Commercial Terms (incoterms).

Here is the composition of an HS Code, you can now see what an HS code is and what does it mean.

hs code composition

You already know the HS Code of your products? You can find the tariff barrier that applies on the official website.

To find further information about duties and taxes in Philippines according to your HS code, please check the official website: Integrated Tariff Database (Philippines Customs)

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 !

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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).

Info SINO: Here is how should be the FORM E here: Form E

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.

Customs contact in China

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Official name: General Administration of Customs of China

Official Website: Chinese Customs Website

Customs contact in Philippines

philippines customs

Official name: Bureau of Customs

Official Website: Philippines Customs Website

Customs process

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Prohibited & restricted items

Remark: If you have one of the following item, you should check directly with our SINO Experts. Some of those items are restricted or even totally prohibited, it is important to anticipate such shipment to avoid any problem.

Drug contraband

prohibited items drug contraband

Ivory

prohibited items ivory

Poison

prohibited items poison

Explosives

prohibited items explosives

Batteries

prohibited items loose lithium batteries

Pornography

prohibited items pornography

Biohazard

prohibited items biohazard

Flammable

prohibited items flammable combustible

Knife

prohibited items tactical knives

Chemicals

prohibited items chemicals

Firearms

prohibited items firearms

Tobacco

prohibited items tobacco

Corrosive

prohibited items corrosive

Drugs

prohibited items prescription drugs

Gambling

prohibited items gambling

Counterfeit

prohibited items counterfeit

Counterfeit notes

prohibited items means of payment

Hazardous

prohibited items hazardous material

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SEA FREIGHT FROM/TO PHILIPPINES

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Ocean freight will be the best deal for you if:

  • Your suppliers are located near a major Chinese port
  • Your goods are bigger than 2 CBM
  • You’re not in a hurry to receive your goods

SINO Advice: Contact us now! Your personal SINO advisor will find out customized solution for your import process from China to Philippines.

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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.

Manila Davao Cebu Batangas
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.

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AIR FREIGHT FROM/TO PHILIPPINES

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Air freight will be the most efficient solution if:

  • Your goods are smaller than 2 CBM and 200 kg
  • You’re in a hurry to receive/send the goods

Remark SINO: Naturally, if your need to get your goods delivered as fast as possible, air freight is the best option for you.

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:

*Many Asian and International Airlines have chapel and daily flights landing in these airports.

Transit times

Shenzhen/Guangzhou
Xi’an Qingdao Ningbo/Shanghai Beijing Nanchang Harbin Changsha
Manila 2/3 days door to door
Cebu
Davao
Kalibo
Iloilo
General Santos
Laoag

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.

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dimensional weight air freight

*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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