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The Philippines just went to the polls on May 9 to choose a new president, in what analysts say it will be the most significant election in the Southeast Asian nation’s recent history.

I think there been so strong competition between incumbent and other candidates as they have very strong roots , abundance of loyalist or we can call them as Dynasty. These could be so interesting for other nation’s concerns too since each figures has particular leadership style to their citizenship.

Mr President Rodrigo Duterte as many international news said had reputation of his “bravery” against many safety securities. Many issues of leadership style amongst Candidates (autocracy and impunity, integrity, accountability and democracy etc ) could be also points of competitions. And at the end of the day whomever win the election, that will be driving future policies accordingly especially on foreign business investments

Well whoever the winner is , hoping to have a peaceful situation across South East Asia as well as worlds.

Viewers, in this article, as business news update, we only cover our discussion on Business relating issues and feed you with useful information on How to do Business in the Philippines. Therefore first thing first you should be hands on with its export import regulation.




ATA Area :3

Capital :Manila (MNL)

Local Time: GMT + 8

Daylight Saving Time:The Philippines does not observe DST.

Country Code :+ 63

Local Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)

Bank Information: Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Cargo Claims Information

The following Protocols / Conventions have been ratified:

  1. Warsaw Convention (1929)
  2. Hague Protocol (1955)

E-freight status of country: White



International Airports:

Cebu – CEB

Lapu Lapu – Mactan-Cebu International Airport

Tel.:+63 (0)32 340-0228

+63 (0)32 340-2486

Fax:+63 (0)32 340-0228


Clark Field – CRK

Tel.:+63 (0)45 599-2888

Fax:+63 (0)45 599-2501

Davao – DVO

Tel.:+63 (0)82 234-2915 (Area Manager)

+63 (0)82 234-0418 (Administration)

+63 (0)82 234-3615 (Airport Manager)

Fax:+63 (0)82 235-007

General Santos – GES

Laoag – LAO

Manila – MNL

Tel.:+63 (0)2 877-1109 (Operator)

+63 (0)2 832-2938 (General Manager)

+63 (0)2 832-3035 (Customs)

Fax:+63 (0)2 833-1180

+63 (0)2 832-3035 (Customs)

Subic Bay – SFS

Other Customs Airports:

Baquio – BAG

Bislig – BPH

Cagayan – CGY

ligan – IGN

loilo – ILO

Legazpi – LGP

Puerto Princesa – PPS

San Fernando – SFE

Surigao – SUG

Tacloban – TAC

Zamboanga – ZAM


Loading/Unloading equipment


Conveyor, forklift.


Conveyor, forklift, lower deck pallet/container loaders.

Clark Field

Conveyor, forklift, lower deck pallet/container loaders, main deck loaders.


Conveyor, forklift, lower deck pallet/container loaders.

General Santos

Conveyor, forklift, lower deck pallet/container loaders.


Conveyor, forklift.


Conveyor, forklift.


Conveyor, forklift.


Conveyor, forklift, lower deck pallet/container loaders, maindeck loaders, transporter, Johnson bars.

Puerto Princesa

Conveyor, forklift, lower deck pallet/container loaders.

Subic Bay

Conveyor, forklift, lower deck pallet/container loaders, main deck loaders, transporters.


Conveyor, forklift.


Conveyor, forklift.


Goods not cleared upon arrival will be stored in Customs Bonded Warehouse up to 30 days at normal storage charges. Thereafter goods will be declared abandoned and placed at Customs warehouse for abandoned shipments. The carrier’s liability over the goods ceases after the goods have been declared abandoned.

Clark Field

Cold storage: Available (56 m² and 1 unit 20 – foot Reefer).


Cold storage: Available.

Safe for valuables: Available.

Storage for Dangerous Goods: Available.


At airport by consignee or his broker.

Customs hours

Monday through Friday 08.00 – 12.00 hrs. and 13.00 – 17.00 hrs.

Clearance outside Customs hours possible for perishables, live animals, urgent and emergency shipments with advance arrangement only. Special release fee shall be assessed for shipments released outside of Customs hours.



Possible by broker only.





Possible in bond by air to any of the Customs airports in the Philippines. Cargo destined to airports without Customs will be cleared in Manila or nearest Customs airport.




Hay and straw prohibited.

Wood Packaging Material

Philippine Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), Department of Agriculture implements (since 01 June 2005) the International Standard for Solid Wood Packing (ISPM 15: Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material Involved in International Trade), which is being implemented to address the global spread of timber pests by regulating the movements of timber packing in international trade.

Specifically, the Philippines will require that all wood packing and dunnage be either heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and marked with an approved international mark certifying treatment.

The guideline does not cover wood packaging materials made wholly of wood based products such as plywood, particle board or veneer that have been crated using glue, heat and pressure or a combination of these methods. They should be considered sufficiently processed to have eliminated the risk associated with raw wood.

To obtain specific information about the new regulations, please refer to the document titled “Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material Involved in International Trade” which may be obtained at Plant Quarantine Service (address below):

Plant Quarantine Service

Bureau of Plant Industry

692 San Andres St., Malate

1004 Manila

Tel. 63(2) 525 7909,525 7857,521 9221,521 9135

Fax. 63(2)521 7650



Packages must show AWB number and country of origin.

Language on documents


Other requirements

AWB: Airport of destination must be the customs airport nearest to the consignee’s domicile.

In accordance with Customs memorandum order no. 20-91 issued by the Bureau of Customs, no AWB shall be accepted for purposes of filing the import entry if spaces provided for the “Declared Value for Carriage” and/or “Declared Value for Customs” (AWB boxes 16 and 17) do not indicate said values on the appropriate currency. AWBs bearing terms or initials such as “No Value Declared” (NVD) or “No Commercial Value” (NCV) shall not be accepted.

For shipments covered by Letters of Credit routing information given must be strictly observed.


Commercial consignments

  1. 5 Commercial Invoices, containing: number of credit letter, name of the bank, credit amount in USD, date when credit has been opened and date of expiry, CIF (or C & F) and FOB value and the following declaration (signed by hand): “This is to certify that the attached invoice is in all respects correct and true and was made at the place from where the merchandise was exported to the Philippines.
  2. The invoice contains a true and full statement of the date when, the place where and person from whom the same was purchased, and the actual cost thereof. That no discounts, bounties, or drawbacks are contained in the invoice except such as have been actually stated thereon”.
  3. CIF value over USD 25.00: Additional Certificate of Origin.
  4. CIF value over USD 300.00: Additional Consular Invoice, containing detailed description of the goods (trade name, quality, grade, numbers and symbols of the articles as used by seller or manufacturer), marks and numbers of packages, port of destination, terms of payment, CIF or C & F and FOB value and the following declaration: “Any misdeclaration, undervaluation or false entries made with the intention to circumvent and/or violate laws and regulations of the Philippine government shall be dealt with in accordance with the penal laws of the Republic of the Philippines, including prohibition from trading with the Philippines” signed by shipper personally.

The following are the required documents to support Consular Invoices for legalization at the Consulate.

  1. Commercial Invoice in quintuplicate personally signed by seller, manufacturer or exporter and legalised by local Chamber of Commerce.
  2. A true copy of the original AWB showing freight charges, weight and measurement, and marked: “For Consular Purposes only”.
  3. Certificate of Origin in quintuplicate.
  4. “Statement on Payment Form” in triplicate supplied by shipper/exporter certifying that payment of the goods will be effected in accordance with the Letter of Credit, and that there is no other source of payment. If no settlement by Letter of Credit, details of the arrangement must be given in the “Statement on Payment Form”.
  5. Other certificates and additional supporting documents required for certain shipments e.g. Import Permit for live animals, special certificates for plants.
  6. Import Licence for all consignments valued over USD 50.00 (CIF), except for: gifts, printed matter and newspapers provided they are not for sale.

 to be continued in next edition

Salam Sehat Semangat Sukses

Bambang Purnomo , SS-BA, CSCA, CAVM  Solution Consultant

By Bams – May 10, 2022

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