Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

Philippines

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Intellectual Property Rights
Market Information

Last updated on 02/03/2012

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Donald Niewiaroski at the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**


Import Tariffs - Philippines
Tariff rates are applied on the c.i.f. (cost, insurance, freight) value of imports.

Philippines Tariffs (percent ad valorem) for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
1
-wool
5105-5110
1
-cotton
5204-5207
7 - 10
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
5 - 7
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
1 - 10
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
1
-wool
5111-5113
1
-cotton
5208-5212
10
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
7
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
1 - 10
Knit Fabric
60
1 - 10
.........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
15
Industrial Fabric
59
0 - 15
........................
Apparel
61-62
1 - 15
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.......
63
1 - 20
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202

15 - 20*

1 - 15

15
* 15% when imported with certification from the Board of Investments.

For more detailed tariff information, see the WTO Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--A VAT (value added tax) of 12 percent is applied on goods. The VAT is applied on the c.i.f. value plus duty, excise taxes, and other charges (other charges refer to charges on imports prior to release from customs custody, including insurance and commissions).

Temporary Entry/Samples--Products for display in public expositions may enter the Philippines on a temporary basis free from import duties. The Bureau of Customs requires a bond, usually amounting to one and one-half times the ascertained duties, taxes and other charges on the article, on the condition that the article will be exported. The duties, taxes and other charges will have to be paid within six months from the date of the import entry. The Commissioner of Customs may extend the time for exportation or payment of duties, taxes and other charges. It has been reported that imported samples of no commercial value must be authorized by the Department of Finance.

For information on how to determine tariff rates, see the Export.gov webpage on Tariffs and Import Fees.

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Philippines)

Import Licenses--Import licensing is required for used clothing through the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Bureau of Customs - BOC

Tariff Commission

Department of Trade and Industry's - DTI
Bureau of Import Services - BIS

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For more information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the Country Commercial Guides (CCG) in the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library (enter your country of interest in the "country" field, and enter "Country Commercial Guide (CCG)" in the "Report Type" field. Some market research reports are available only to U.S. companies and U.S. students/researchers that are registered with Export.gov.

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Import Restrictions (Philippines)
The Government of Philippines restricts the importation of used clothing and rags (R.A. 4653). The importation status of any commodity (whether prohibited, regulated or freely importable) may be checked/verified with the Bureau of Customs - BOC or the Department of Trade Industry - DTI - Bureau of Import Services - BIS.

U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction

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Standards - Philippines
The Bureau of Product Standards - BPS is the Philippines' National Standards Body. A governmental agency under the Department of Trade and Industry's - DTI, it develops, implements and promotes standards. The BPS formulates Philippine National Standards (PNS) or adopts relevant international or foreign standards to help industries produce quality products or services and raise productivity. PNS are voluntary, unless declared mandatory through Department Administrative Orders. The approved Philippine National Standards for Mandatory Certification are published in the Official Gazette of the National Printing Office and two newspapers of general circulation.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Bureau of Product Standards - BPS

Philippine Accreditation Office - PAO

Philippine Textile Research Institute

The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.

U.S. companies can register for the Notify U.S. service to learn about and comment on proposed changes to foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures that may affect U.S. access to global markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


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Labeling - Philippines
A reasonably legible label in English or Filipino, with letters not less than 1.5 mm in size, on which the information is stamped, printed, woven or indicated in tags, is mandatory for the following:
  • Finished textile fabrics in rolls or folds
  • Textile piece goods
  • Ready-made garments
  • Household and institutional linens such as bed sheets, towels, napkins, and placemats
  • Textile products such as handkerchiefs, umbrellas, socks, hosiery, neckties and scarves
Method of Labeling for ready-made garments: The label must be durable enough to withstand normal laundering, and shall include the manufacturer’s name or trademark or both; the percent fiber content by mass, using the generic name of the fiber in the order of predominance; and the country of origin (the address of manufacturer may also be indicated in the packaging). Labels for blouses, dresses, jackets, robes, nightgowns, shirts and sweaters must be affixed at the center back neckline, or at any other appropriate place, such as side seam, facing of front placket, etc. Labels for pants, skirts, pajamas, shorts, tights, or half-slips, must be affixed at any appropriate place, such as the inside waistband or inner facing of the ply.

Method of Labeling (for textile fabric): For finished textile fabrics in rolls or in folds, the label, which includes the trademark, the percent fiber content by mass, using the generic name of the fiber in the order of predominance, and the country of origin, must be woven into the selvedge not more than two meters apart, regardless of the width of the fabric. When it is not practical or possible to conform to the previous requirement, an alternative method shall be to print or stamp the required information on the outer-edge portion of the fabric roll or fold and, in addition, to attach tags at the beginning and end of the roll or folds. For textile piece goods, a tag must be attached to the goods when there is no label on the selvedge. In cases where tags are to be attached by the purchaser (retailer), the name of the store must be indicated.

Labels are not mandatory for certain items made of textiles, such as narrow fabrics, artificial flowers, purses, doilies, bags, hats, belts, gloves, and other garments or clothing accessories not specified above.

In general, every imported or locally manufactured product must be labeled with the following information:
  • Registered trade or brand name
  • Duly registered trademark
  • Duly registered business name
  • Address of the manufacturer, importer or repacker of the consumer product in the Philippines
  • General make or active ingredients
  • Net quantity of contents, in terms of weight, measure or numerical count in the metric system
  • Country of manufacture, if imported
  • If a consumer product is manufactured, refilled or repacked under license from a principal, the label shall state such facts
The following additional information may also be required by the responsible government agency:
  • Whether the product is flammable or inflammable
  • Directions for use, if necessary
  • Warning of toxicity
  • Wattage, voltage or amperes
  • Process of manufacture used, if necessary
Mislabeling, misrepresentation, or misbrand

For more information, contact the Bureau of Product Standards - BPS.

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Intellectual Property Rights - Philippines
The Intellectual Property Office - IPO has jurisdiction to resolve disputes concerning alleged infringement and licensing. U.S. manufacturers and suppliers should consider registering their copyrights, trademarks, and patents with the IPO. Manufacturers and importers are also encouraged to register copyrights, trademarks, and patents with the Bureau of Customs - BOC to facilitate enforcement of rights.

Reportedly, trademark infringement is widespread, with counterfeit merchandise such as brand name and designer clothing, handbags, and other consumer goods openly available.

For information on protecting your trademarks, patents and copyrights:

Export.gov --Protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Abroad

StopFakes.gov


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Market Information - Philippines

U.S.-ASEAN Trade and Investment Framework Arrangement (TIFA)--The ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) collectively ranks as the United States' fifth largest trading partner and fourth largest export market. ASEAN countries include Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Concluded in 2006, the U.S.-ASEAN Trade and Investment Arrangement is intended to strengthen U.S. trade and investment ties with ASEAN both as a region and individually. Future goals include negotiating agreements on trade facilitation, as well as conducting dialogues on trade finance, trade and environment, and government-business synergy. These are in addition to the existing set of TIFA work plan items that include cooperation on standards and support for the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) project. For further information, see the ASEAN page on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative website.


Government Procurement-- See Global Procurement Opportunities for U.S. exporters.

The Government Procurement Policy Board - GPPB handles all procurement matters affecting the national interest. The Procurement Service - PS of the Department of Budget and Management - DBM handles the common supplies and locally funded purchases of all government units. Procurement opportunities and other related information is posted on the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System - PhilGEPS bulletin board.

The Constitution provides for a strong preference to procure domestically and requires the State to give preference to qualified Filipinos and to promote the preferential use of Filipino labor, domestic materials, and locally produced goods. The 2004 Tropical Fabrics Law (Republic Act No. 9242) requires the use of Philippine tropical fabrics for the official uniforms of government officials and employees. See the Philippine Civil Service Commission website for information on Republic Act No. 9242. Footwear and Leather goods procurement provisions are provided in the Footwear, Leather Goods and Tannery Industries Development Act (Republic Act No. 9290). See the Philippine Tariff Commission website for more information on Republic Act No. 9290.

U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you or contact an international office.

Other sources for market information and data:

OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

Export.gov Trade Data & Analysis webpage

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions and
U.S. Department of State Country Background Notes

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA)
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: (202) 482-5078  |  Fax: (202) 482-2331
OTEXA@trade.gov