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


Frequently Asked Questions

An Importation License, also known as an Import Permit or Import Clearance, is a document issued by a government agency in the Philippines that authorizes the importation of specific goods into the country. It is required for certain products or commodities that are subject to import controls, restrictions, or regulations imposed by relevant government agencies.

The issuance of Importation Licenses in the Philippines is handled by different government agencies depending on the type of product being imported. Some key agencies involved in import regulation and issuance of Importation Licenses include the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Bureau of Customs (BOC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The specific requirements for obtaining an Importation License may vary depending on the nature of the goods being imported and the relevant government agency involved. However, common requirements often include:

  • Accomplished application form for an Importation License.
  • Commercial invoice or pro forma invoice of the goods.
  • Bill of lading or airway bill.
  • Packing list.
  • Importer's accreditation or business registration documents.
  • Product-specific documentation such as certificates of origin, sanitary or phytosanitary certificates, or product registrations, if applicable.
  • Payment of fees and taxes.

Importing goods without the necessary Importation License in the Philippines can lead to various consequences, including:

  • Seizure of the goods by customs authorities.
  • Imposition of fines, penalties, or duties by the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
  • Delays in the customs clearance process, resulting in storage and demurrage charges.
  • Legal consequences, including potential legal action or prosecution.
  • Inability to comply with product regulations or requirements, leading to non-compliance and potential restrictions on distribution or sale of the goods in the country.


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