January 3, 2020
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Commercial shipping guidelines to the Philippines

If you want to start shipping commercially to the Philippines, here are the primary steps to help guide you:
  1. Find the right shipping partner
  2. Package your goods
  3. Choose the right level of service
  4. Provide shipping details to your shipping partner (i.e. pieces, weight, dimensions, and any special requests or needs)
  5. Print the shipping labels and documents and attaching them to your package
  6. Pass the shipments to the carriers/forwarder
New to the Philippines? A bit of background
    DGX Commercial Shipping Guidelines to the Philippines
  • Comprising more than 7,157 islands, the Philippines is home to 107 million people, and the population is expected to grow by two million every year.
  • International ports include:
    • Manila (north/south)
    • Cebu
    • Davao
    • Cagayan de Oro
    • General Santos
  • International Airports
    • Manila
    • Cebu
Important Philippines shipping guidelines
The Philippines have unique standard operating procedures and policies, and definitely different implementation of their import rules versus other countries. There are always worldwide logistics standards that apply but there are unique ones for the Philippines.

Consider the following when shipping from the USA to the Philippines:
  • The Customs Administrative Order (CAO) is a fee levied by the Philippines Bureau of Customs and applies to all imports entered for consumption through a Formal Entry Process.
  • Their back-door customs charge is a fee charged by Philippines Bureau of Customs for an entry that is time critical and put in the front of the queue.
  • The Philippines Bureau of Customs runs under a red/yellow/green light system.
    • Green means approved and getting released immediately.
    • Yellow means it is flagged for a document review.
    • Red means it’s a 100% intensive exam, for documents and cargo.
When cargo is destined for the Philippines from the USA, one of your resources is DGX Philippines. We offer a fully integrated shipping and logistics solution such as Full Container Loads (FCL), Less Than Container Loads (LCL) for ocean freight, and air freight. We also offer trucking, customs brokerage, warehousing, distribution, and 3PL services.

If you a one-stop, experienced shipper to help get you to the Philippines, please reach out to your local office or call toll free 1-800-488-4888 and we can help you.

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