International Affairs Division (IAD)

Philippines


LABELING REQUIREMENTS

  • Name of product
  • List of ingredients used in product (in decreasing order of proportion), including additives, flavorings, and preservatives used
  • Net content
  • Name and address of manufacturer/packer or distributor, including country of origin for imported products and name and address of Philippine importer/distributor
  • Lot identification

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REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • License to Operate (obtained from BFAD – see below for licensing instructions)
  • Certificate of Product Registration (obtained from BFAD – see below for licensing instructions)
  • Phyto-Sanitary/Health Certificate (issued by the regulatory body in the country of origin)
  • Certificate of Analysis
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List

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LICENSING

The importer must obtain a License to Operate (LTO) from the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD).  This license lists the names of foreign suppliers or sources of the products being registered.  Therefore, the importer should obtain the following from the U.S. exporter:

  • Copy of the Foreign Agency Agreement (authenticated by the Philippine Consulate in the country of origin)
  • Certificate of Status of Manufacture by the exporter issued by the governmental health agency of the country of origin (this should also be authenticated by the Philippine Consulate as well)

These documents are to be submitted to BFAD, which will issue the LTO to the importer.

After having obtained the LTO, importers must also register the beverage alcohol product they intend to bring into the country with BFAD.  The list of requirements and/or documents required to register the product is below:

  1. A letter of application for registration from importer/distributor
  2. A valid License to Operate (LTO) as an importer/distributor (issued by BFAD)
  3. Pertinent product information
  4. List of ingredients (in decreasing order of proportion. For additives with prescribed limit, the amount added must be indicated)
  5. Finished product specification (physical-chemical and microbiological)
  6. Samples of the product in its commercial presentation for laboratory analysis
  7. Label and labeling materials to be used for the products
  8. Estimated shelf-life, parameters used and methods for determining shelf-life (if applicable)
  9. Brief description/flow diagram of the method of manufacture
  10. Certificate of analysis (include analytical methods used)
  11. Payment of registration fee plus cost of laboratory analysis.

Please note that laboratory testing by BFAD is mandatory.

After having followed the above requirements, the importer will receive a Certificate of Product Registration (CPR), valid for 1 year. Subsequent renewals of a CPR are valid for 5 years.

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IMPORT PROCEDURES

All agricultural and food products entering the Philippines must be accompanied by a phyto-sanitary or health certificate (issued by the regulatory body in the exporting country) and should be submitted for inspection along with the import permit to facilitate physical inspection of the goods and customs clearance at the port of entry.  After payment of any applicable duties or taxes (i.e. import duty, value added tax (VAT), or ad valorem tax), goods may be declared by exporters or their authorized agents.  Exporters should do this by completing an Export Declaration (ED) form which can be obtained from any Authorized Agent Bank (AAB) of the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BPS).

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TAXES/TARIFFS

For the most current tariffs and taxes applied to imported products for this country, please visit the Online Tariff Database provided by Tariffic.  Please ensure you have a 10-digit HS classification code in order to obtain tariff information.  Also see the Census Bureau’s Schedule B search function (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/schedules/b/index.html), which allows you to classify your product according to United States export codes. Simply click "Search" and enter the keyword (i.e. beer) that best describes your product.

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CONTACTS

Agricultural Affairs Office (AAO)/USDA
U.S. Embassy Manila
25/F Ayala Life-FGU Bldg.
6811 Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Tel: (+632) 887 1137/53
Fax: (+632) 887 1268
E-mail: agmanila@usda.gov

Philippine Embassy, Washington
1600 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 467-9300/467-9363
Fax: (202) 466-6288
Email: info@philippineembassy-usa.org
Website: http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org

Bureau of Customs
Valuation & Classification Department
Department of Finance
New Customs Building
Port Area, Manila
Philippines 1018
Tel: (+632) 526 6355
Fax: (+632) 527 4573
Website: http://www.customs.gov.ph/html/cover.htm

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
A. Mabini St. cor. P. Ocampo St.
Malate Manila, Philippines 1004
Tel: (+632) 524-7011
Fax: (+632) 523-1252
E-mail: bspmail@bsp.gov.ph
Website: http://www.bsp.gov.ph

Food and Drug Administration
Republic of the Philippines
Civic Drive
Filinvest Corporate City
Alabang, Muntinlupa City 1781
Metro Manila
Tel: (+632) 857 1992
www.fda.gov.ph

Agricultural Trade Office (ATO)/USDA
U.S. Embassy Manila
25/F Ayala Life-FGU Bldg.
6811 Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Tel: (+632) 894 5381
Fax: (+632) 812 5430
E-mail: atomanila@usda.gov

The information in this guide was obtained from external sources, including the websites of various governmental agencies and organizations, direct contact with those agencies and organizations, and from Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Attaché reports.  Consequently, the accuracy of this information depends upon the accuracy of the sources.

TTB is not responsible for the content of external websites.

This page was last reviewed on August 17, 2010.

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Page last reviewed/updated: 09/04/2012

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