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.

Tarif finder ASEAN

The diagram below is explaining the meaning of a HS code :

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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 taxes when I am 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.

Customs contact in China

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Customs contact in Philippines

The Customs Procedures in Australia

 

Therefore, the total value is the sum of:

  • The customs value of the goods
  • Customs duty payable
  • The amount paid or payable to transport the goods to their place of consignment in Australia
  • The insurance cost for that transport
  • Any other tax payable

Usually, the importer pay GST before the goods are released by Home Affairs. In the case that you are not registered under the deferred GST scheme then the GST has to be paid at the same time at the same place, and in the same manner as you would do for customs duty.

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Prohibited & restricted items

Drug Contraband

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Ivory

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Poison

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Explosives

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Batteries

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Pornography

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Biohazard

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Flammable

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Knife

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Chemicals

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Firearms

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Tobacco

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Corrosive

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Drugs

Prescription-Drugs

Gambling

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Counterfeit

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Counterfeit Notes

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Hazardous

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1. SEA FREIGHT FROM/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 :

ManilaDavaoCebuBatangas
Hong Kong / Shenzhen
9 days11 days10 days9 days
Dalian7 days9 days8 days7 days
Tianjin12 days14 days13 days12 days
Qingdao11 days13 days12 days11 days
Ningbo10 days12 days11 days10 days
Shanghai10 days12 days11 days10 days
Xiamen9 days11 days10 days9 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.

2. AIR FREIGHT FROM/TO Philippines

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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.

 

Air freight transit times

 

Shenzhen/Guangzhou
Xi’anQingdaoNingbo/ShanghaiBeijingNanchangHarbinChangsha
Manila2/3 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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*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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RECURRENT QUESTIONS REGARDING THE SHIPPING FROM CHINA TO PHILIPPINES

WHAT IS THE SHIPPING COST FROM CHINA TO PHILIPPINES?

LCL: 80 USD /cbm FCL: 400 USD /20’: 500 /40’ Express shipping door to door (10kg): 320 USD

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SHIP FROM CHINA TO PHILIPPINES?

Average transit time by sea: 12 days Average transit time by airfreight: 2 days (daily direct flight) Express shipping door to door (10kg): 1 days

WHAT ARE THE BEST FREIGHT OPTIONS TO SEND GOOD FROM CHINA TO PHILIPPINES?

There are only 2 options, by sea or by air, it depends on how big the volume and the weight are, and then you will decide which shipping methods is more adequate. You must calculate the ration time/cost.

HOW MUCH TAX WILL I PAY FOR IMPORTING GOODS FROM CHINA TO PHILIPPINES?

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%.

Do customs open every package?

No, they don't immediately open your package without any reason. ... They will only instantly check what's inside of your package if: Your package has been damaged when it reached the Customs office or desk. The damages can include broken seals or plastic or any cover of your package.

How do I avoid custom charges?

When you make a shipping request, you’ll have to declare the value of your shipment. The value you enter on your request form is the value that will be declared at customs, so it is important that you declare accurately. If you declare too high a value, you may be assessed more taxes than you want to pay! If you declare too low a value, your declared value may be considered unreasonable and adjusted upward.

How can I reduce my shipping costs?

-Negotiate with multiple carriers -Get suppliers to use your shipping account number -Use packaging provided by your carrier -Consider a regional carrier -Use online shipping -Invest in prepaid shipping -Buy insurance from a third party -Factor in all shipping fees before billing customers -Consider hybrid services -Ask about association discounts

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