Importation License

An import license is a document issued by a national government authorizing the importation of certain goods into its territory. Government put certain restrictions on what is imported.

Primarily, importing and exporting goods from and to the Philippines without the proper permit could result in imposing fines and confiscated items. Holding the correct documents will help prevent transport and processing delays and allow goods to be taken through customs efficiently.

Here’s a list of goods that are prohibited from being exported to the Philippines or are otherwise restricted.

  1. Used Clothing and Rags (Republic Act No. 4653);
  2. Toy Guns (Letter of Instructions No.1264)
  3. Right-Hand Drive Vehicles (Republic Act No. 8506);
  4. Hazardous Waste, even in transit into Philippine territory (Republic Act No. 6969, Section 24 of IRR);
  5. Laundry and Industrial Detergents containing hard surfactants (Republic Act No. 8970);
  6. Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) (DENR Administrative Order No. 1, series of 2004);
  7. Used Motorcycle Parts, except engine (Executive Order No. 156);
  8. Live Piranha, Shrimps and Prawns (FAO No. 126, series of 1979).


  • a. Application Form (notarized and completely filled out).b. Bureau of Customs Official Receipt (BCOR) evidencing payment of Processing Fee (Php 1,000).
  • b. Bureau of Customs Official Receipt (BCOR) evidencing payment of Processing Fee (Php 1,000).
  • c. Corporate Secretary Certificate (Corporation) / Affidavit (Sole Proprietorship) / Partnership Resolution (Partnership) / BOD Resolution (Coop) designating its authorized signatories in the import entries.
  • d. Two (2) valid government issued IDs (with picture) of Applicant and Responsible Officers.
  • e. NBI Clearance of applicant (issued within three (3) months prior to the application.
  • f. Latest General Information Sheet (Corp.) / DTI (Sole) / Articles of Partnership / Cooperative Development Authority (Coop).
  • g. Personal Profile of Applicant, President and Responsible Officers (with 2×2 id picture).
  • h. Company Profile with pictures of the offices w/ proper and permanent signage.
  • i. Address of warehouse owned or leased by the importer where the imported goods are intended to be stored.
  • j. Proof of Lawful Occupancy of Office Address and Warehouse.
  • k. List of Importables.
  • l. Printed CPRS Record and updated “STORED” CPRS notification of CPRS.
  • m. Indorsement from the collector, if applicable.
  • n. BIR Registration (2303).
  • o. Latest Income Tax Return (ITR) duly received by the BIR.
  • p. Valid Mayor’s Permit.