Trade Compliance in the Philippines

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Main International Economic Cooperation
Asia-Pacific Economic Council (APEC), Asia Free Trade Agreement (AFTA, free trade zone of the ASEAN), Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), Japan Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) and the ASEAN - China Free Trade Area.
Party of the ATA Convention on Temporary Admissions and Use of the Carnets

As a Reminder, the ATA is a System Allowing the Free Movement of Goods Across Frontiers and Their Temporary Admission Into a Customs Territory With Relief From Duties and Taxes. The Goods Are Covered By a Single Document Known as the ATA Carnet That is Secured By an International Guarantee System.
Look Up the Other Member Countries And Read the Web Pages of the World Customs Organization Devoted to the ATA Carnet.
Party of the TIR Convention

As a Reminder, the TIR Convention and its Transit Regime Contribute to the Facilitation of International Transport, Especially International Road Transport, Not Only in Europe and the Middle East, But Also in Other Parts of the World, Such as Africa and Latin America.
The UNCTAD Website Allows You to Read the TIR Convention, See the List of Member Countries And to Find Further Information.
Accompanying Documents For Imports
Goods dispatched to the Philippines must be accompanied by the following documents:

> the single administrative document (SAD)

> the commercial invoice.
It must be drawn up in triplicate, in English

> a phytosantitary certificate
It is necessary for fruit, vegetables, seeds and other plants and is issued by the regional department for the protection of plants.

> a health certificate
It is necessary for meat and is issued by the departmental directorate of veterinary services.

> a certificate of free sale for cosmetics
It is drawn up by the Federation of Perfume industries

> transport documents and packing list

Free Zones
There are special economic zones called "ecozones". Some of them are under the authority of the PEZA (Philippines Economic Zone Authority). For further details, see the Philippine Ecozones Association.
For Further Information
Customs office
Department of Trade and Industry
Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
Non Tariff Barriers
Imports generally enjoy a liberalised regime. However, imports of certain products are regulated and sometimes forbidden in accordance with the current laws, for reasons of health, national security, or international requirements or in order to protect the development of local industry. Imports are currently classified into three categories according to the degree of restriction they are subject to: freely imported products, regulated and forbidden products. For regulated products, an import license is necessary which can be obtained by applying to the authorities concerned (for example, certain foodstuffs or pharmaceutical products require the authorisation of the Food and Drug Authority). The third category comprises products which it is forbidden to import such as: explosives, firearms and war weapons, precious metals, narcotics, drugs, and coffee.
Sectors or Products For Which Commercial Disagreements Have Been Registered With the WTO
Products concerned are: pork and poultry, motor vehicles, polypropylene resin. For further details, see the website of the WTO.
Assessment of Commercial Policy
WTO, Philippines
Find more on about Trade Policy in the Philippines.

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