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

Philippines

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 02/03/2012

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Maria D'Andrea-Yothers 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
* 3% or 15% when imported with certification from the Board of Investments.

For more detailed tariff information, see the Asean Harmonized Triff Nomenclature (AHTN) on the Philippines Tariff Commission website or 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.

If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Philippines)

No specific information is available.

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 country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the export.gov website.

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Import Restrictions (Philippines)
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.
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
No specific information is available.

Local standards organization and other resources:


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.


Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

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

The BPS implements a product certification mark scheme to verify conformity of products to PNS and other international standards. Products manufactured locally must bear a Philippine Standard (PS) mark, while imported products must bear Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certification marks.

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

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Market Information - Philippines


No specific information is available.




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.

For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.

For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.

Other sources for market information and data:

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

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

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

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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