Philippines Customs Tax & Importation Regulations

What Can I Ship to the Philippines from USA?

Guide to shipping internationally from the U.S. to the Philippines

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When shopping in the U.S. to the Philippines keep in mind that shipping laws and regulations vary based on U.S. Export Regulations, carrier regulations, international shipping regulations, and the Philippines customs and import regulations.

Please note this is not a complete list of goods subject to import prohibitions and restrictions to Philippines. For a complete list, please visit the Philippines Department of Trade Industry. 

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Items with restrictions or allowed under certain conditions

MAXIMUM PACKAGE VALUE PER PACKAGE FOR PERSONAL SHIPMENT

Personal packages shipped through LBC should not exceed the package value of $500. The package should also adhere to the maximum allowed number limit per category. 

Suppose the package value exceeds $500 or exceeds the item limit per category defined by LBC, our team will automatically split your shipment into two or multiple packages.

A package with a value above $500 or exceeds the item limit per category will be processed as commercial shipment and subject to commercial service fees and Philippines customs commercial duties and tax.

For other carriers - Aramex, DHL, FedEx, and UPS - shipments with package value above $200 are subject to the Philippines customs duties and tax. Customs fees depend on the item or package value.

TAXABLE PACKAGE VALUE

With LBC, a package value below US$500 is not subject to Philippines customs duties and tax as long as the maximum number of allowed quantities for each category is followed. And as long as the package does not contain items subject to Philippines customs duties and tax regardless of value or quantity.

For other carriers - Aramex, DHL, FedEx, and UPS - shipments with package value above $200 are subject to the Philippines customs duties and tax. Customs fees depend on the item or package value.

ITEMS WITH A QUANTITY OF 5 PIECES LIMIT PER PACKAGE WHEN SHIPPING WITH LBC 

The following items are limited to a maximum limit of 5 pieces per package only, including but not limited to:

  • Watches

  • Leather goods

  • Handbags

  • Wallets

  • Shoes

  • Luxury Branded Clothing - Coach, MK, Gucci, and the likes

  • Luxury Branded Belts - Coach, MK, Gucci, and the likes

  • And any other similar items

The items above will be packed or consolidated at the maximum quantity limit per package. We will only process five pieces per item classification per shipment. For example, we can pack five watches, five handbags, and five shoes in one package - as long as the package value is under US$500 if you choose to ship through LBC and under $200 with other carriers. 

We will automatically split your shipment into two or multiple packages, whichever is applicable, if the package value is more than $US500 or items exceed the allowed maximum quantity limit per package.

ITEMS WITH QUANTITY OF 12 PIECES LIMIT PER PACKAGE WHEN SHIPPING WITH LBC

The following items are limited to a maximum limit of twelve pieces per package only, including but not limited to

  • Non-luxury branded clothing

  • Non-luxury branded belts

  • Skin and hair care

  • Cosmetics

  • Vitamins and supplements

  • Grocery items and pantry supplies

  • And any other similar items

The items above will be packed or consolidated at the maximum quantity limit per package. We will only process 12 pieces per item classification per shipment. For example, we can pack 12 vitamins and supplements,  12 non-luxury branded clothing, and 12 grocery items and pantry supplies in one package - as long as the package value is under US$500 if you choose to ship through LBC and under $200 with other carriers. 

We will automatically split your shipment into two or multiple packages, whichever is applicable, if the package value is more than $US500 or items exceed the allowed maximum quantity limit per package.

ELECTRONICS

All electronic items are limited to two pieces per shipment per electronic classification, that is 2 pieces of laptop, 2 pieces of smartphones, 2 pieces of tablets, and the likes.  

 

All electronics are subject to the Philippine Bureau of Customs duties and taxes, please email hello@usshippingexpress.co for duties and tax fees.

VEHICLE & MOTORCYCLE PARTS

Vehicle and motorcycle parts and accessories are subject to the Philippine Bureau of Customs duties and taxes.

PERFUMES, MISTS & OTHER FLAMMABLE ITEMS

Flammable items, pressurized cans, and aerosol can products - including but not limited to: hairspray, paint spray can, perfumes, mists - are restricted by sea cargo or by air through FedEx only.

SPECIALIZED SIZE & WEIGHT

Any item or package that exceeds 48 inches (any side) and weighs 75 pounds is subject to the Philippine Bureau of Customs duties and taxes and special handling fee.

 
 
 
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Prohibited Items in the Philippines

  • Hazardous & dangerous goods - including but not limited to corrosive, toxic, gasoline, motor oil, fluid or other substances, chemical and industrial chemicals, etc

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  • Agriculture, fertilizer, and produces - including but not limited to: live or dead plants, animals, seeds, animal products, furs or carpet made of animal skin, human blood and specimen samples, etc

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  • Combustible, flammable items - including but not limited to gasoline, paints, explosives, etc

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  • Pressurized cans, aerosol can products - including but not limited to: hairspray, paint spray can, etc

  • Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind

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  • Firearms, firearms parts and accessories - including but not limited to: ammunition, gun, knives, scopes, military weapons & accessories, night vision goggles, etc

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  • Monetary items - including but not limited to: cash, coins, credit/debit/ATM card, passbook, precious stones, cash precious metal, etc

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  • Drugs - including but not limited to: recreational drugs prescription drugs, illegal drugs and narcotics, cannabis in any form, etc

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  • Pornographic items - including but not limited to: pornography magazines, DVD, adult toys, etc

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  • Poisonous products and infectious substances

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  • Certain restricted items like perfume or tobacco products can be shipped subject to specific country's import restrictions.  

  • Counterfeit or pirated goods or materials

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  • Alcohol or alcoholic beverages exceeding 2 bottles

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  • Perishable goods that require refrigeration

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  • Stand-alone Lithium-ion battery

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Carrier Shipping Regulations from the U.S. to the Philippines

Regulations vary based on international shipping regulations, U.S.-related laws and regulations, carrier regulations, and the destination country's related laws and regulations.

 
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