A Guide to Relocating to the Philippines
Want to move to Manila? Considering moving to Cebu City? Or thinking about an international removal to Quezon City. Here’s the moving advice you’ll need for any international removal to the Philippines…
Moving Household Goods And Personal Effects To The Philippines
Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning an international removal to the Philippines:
- Original of Passport (Of the individual moving/importing the goods)
- Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB) – We will take care of this if completing the entire international removal to the Philippines for you.
- Copy of visa
- Moving inventory list in English – We will complete this if you want us to undertake a full packing service for your removal
We recommend providing these as soon as possible to reduce delays with your removal to the Philippines. Late receipt of documentation can lead to missed shipments, additional charges and penalties at Filipino Customs. For your own protection, we will almost never ship your goods without the above in place.
Additional Removal Advice
- All incoming shipments are subject to the payment of duties and taxes, except for the following:
- Holders of 9G, 13G, 13A, 9D, 47A2, SRRV, EO 226 visa – owners of the goods are entitled a full tax exemption; the application for the exemption should be submitted to the Department of Finance.
- Diplomatic shipments are fully tax-exempt.
- Embassies and diplomatic organizations must apply for any tax exemption from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
- Returning Philippine passport holders are entitled P10,000 exemptions, on the assessed value, per each family member who stayed abroad for a minimum of 6 months continuously.
- In excess of this, an import tax at the rate of 50% is charged based on the assessed value determined by the Customs appraiser.
- Incoming shipments of household goods are subject to 100% customs examination, except for diplomatic shipments.
- For air shipments, Customs clearance with a direct payment of duties takes 2 – 3 working days from the date of arrival of the shipment.
- For shipments with tax exemption application, Customs clearance takes approximately 4 – 5 working days from the receipt of the complete documents from the date of arrival of the air shipment.
- For less than container load (LCL) sea shipments, Customs clearance with a direct payment of duties takes approximately 3 – 4 working days from the transfer of shipments to the Customs bonded warehouse.
- For less than container load (LCL) sea shipments with a tax exemption application, Customs clearance takes approximately 4 – 5 working days from the receipt of the complete documents or transfer of shipments to Customs bonded warehouse.
- For full container load (FCL) sea shipments, Customs clearance with a direct payment of duties takes approximately 5 working days from the date of arrival of the shipment and 6 – 7 working days for shipments with a tax exemption application.
- Receipts for Customs taxes and duties will be provided two days after the delivery.
Everything you need to help you plan your move.
We always recommend speaking directly to the relevant embassy for the most accurate and up to date moving advice:
Popular Destinations in The Philippines
Global Moving Services is vastly experience in international removals to cities all over the globe. Their long history and detailed knowledge of different countries makes them the perfect choice for your move. Here are some of the most popular destinations we are asked to move people to in The Philippines:
Quezon City, Manila, Davao City, Caloocan, Cebu City. Get a quote to one of these places
If you are unsure about what you need, one of our international move managers is always willing to help. Just call us on +44 121 392 1720, or fill out an international removal enquiry, and we’ll ease you through the process.
Moving Your Money
If you’re moving to The Philippines, it’s very likely you’ll have to exchange a large amount of currency. Many people waste thousands doing this through their bank as they think there is no alternative; but we partner with Global Reach who specialise in doing just this. Global Reach will offer all Global Moving Services customers preferential rates when exchanging currency and guarantee to beat other rates you’re receiving. Ask one of our move managers about this, to find out more click here or give us a call: +44 121 392 1720.
We always advise taking out an insurance policy with us on every move. Although we like to think we’re the best in the industry, the odd accident can occasionally happen. For added peace of mind, make sure to speak to one of our move managers about this.
If you have already contracted us for your international removal to The Philippines, then you can download the insurance form and email the completed form back to your international relocation manager.
Moving Your Car Or Motorcycle
Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning to move your vehicle to The Philippines:
- Import permit
Additional Import Advice
- Only diplomats are allowed duty-free importation.
- Duties and value added tax (VAT) for non-diplomats are assessed up to 90% of the vehicle value.
- Non-diplomatic vehicle owners must obtain a permit prior to departure or incur possible delays and fines.
Note: The Philippines have very specific import procedures on importing motor vehicles and the owner should contact, in advance of loading or exportation, the nearest Philippine Embassy, Consulate, or agent to obtain the most recent information as these rules and procedures change frequently.
Relocating Your Pets to The Philippines
These documents will be required when planning to relocate your pet to The Philippines:
- Vaccination certificate
- Import permit (from the Bureau of Animal Industry)
- Veterinary health certificate
Additional Import Advice
- The health certificate must be issued within 10 days of the importation of each pet.
- A flat rate of $250 USD will be charged for each animal.
- There is no quarantine period required in the Philippines.
- Dogs, cats, and birds are not restricted for importation; however, they are taxable.
- Vaccination certificate must be issued from the country of origin and include rabies vaccination information.
- The Quarantine Inspector in Manila must be notified at least 24 hours prior to the arrival of an animal.
- Pets may be transported as accompanied baggage or as cargo; contact airline for specific information.
- It is possible that a pet considered “exotic” would be restricted; therefore, the owner should contact the Philippine Embassy, Consulate.
Think very carefully before moving these items to The Philippines. Items on this list will be taxed and/or require specific permission to import. In all cases they must be declared prior to you relocating to The Philippines:
- Ammunition, explosives and firearms must be duly licensed and have Philippines National Police clearance.
- Drugs and medicines, including over-the-counter pharmaceutical, prescription drugs and medicines should be hand carried in minimal amounts.
- Computers can be imported as part of a household goods and personal effects shipment.
- Duties and taxes are assessed by Philippine Customs.
- Wine, liquor and food items should be loaded last into the container to facilitate easy inspection by Philippines Customs and all boxes clearly marked.
- A separate moving inventory should be made for wine, liquor and food items with detailed information such as the number of bottles, volume of each bottle, and type of spirit, value and alcohol percent.
- The following items may qualify for free import if within the limits indicated:
- Cigarettes (400), cigars (50), tobacco (250 g)
- Alcohol (2 bottles of 1 L each)
Do not move any of these items to The Philippines:
- Obscene literature, photographs and films
- Politically subversive literature
- Gambling equipment
- Narcotics and drugs
- The following additional items are prohibited in GMS Baggage/Courier Consignments:
- Aerosols (all kinds, Hairspray, Deodorant etc)
- Aftershaves / Perfumes / Fragrances
- Alcoholic Drinks or Bottles
- Ammunition of any kind
- Animals of any kind (Dead or Alive)
- Any items containing Petrol (Liquid, Gas or Fumes)
- Biological Samples
- Car Batteries
- Cash & Cards (Credit / Debit)
- Cheques (Bank)
- Christmas Crackers
- Counterfeit Currency
- Dangerous Goods
- Driving Licence
- Drugs (Including Prescription)
- Excrement / Filth
- Fire Extinguishers
- Fish (Dead or Live)
- Foodstuffs (all kinds)
- Hazardous Goods
- Human Remains (including ashes)
- Infectious Substances
- Laptop Computers, Mobile/Smart Phones or Tablets
- Lottery Tickets
- Nail Varnish / Nail Varnish Remover
- Perishable Goods (All)
- Plants / Seeds etc
- Printer Toner
- Seatbelt Tensioners and Steering Wheels
- Weapons (all kinds, including replicas)
Disclaimer: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This information is provided as a guide only. While Global Moving Services has exercised reasonable care in publishing this information, Global Moving Services makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.