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(Country code: PH)

Priority™ Worldwide (Delivery Standards)   04   30   NO   $1000
Xpresspost™ – International   106   20   YES   $100
International Parcel™ (Surface)   406   20   NO   $100
Small Packet™ (Air)   06   2   NO   N/A
Small Packet™ (Surface)   06   2   NO   N/A

Letter-post™   YES   YES   YES
Money Orders™    NO    

Maximum Coverage = Maximum Declared Value for Carriage for the Priority™ Worldwide service.

Import Restrictions

An import permit is required for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit. Senders should determine import restrictions from the country's authorities before posting:

  • contraceptives
  • plants (or parts of plants)
  • silkworms and eggs.


Goods that are consigned as Unsolicited Gifts, and are not intended for commerce, sold, exchanged, etc. are acceptable for import into the Philippines. Gifts are generally defined as goods tendered to an individual from an individual where no exchange of monies occurs and the sender does not expect compensation. Importers are subject to the normal provisions associated with the commodity that is shipped as a gift, which may require that the necessary permit or certificates be obtained as a condition of release from customs. Importers who receive gifts are responsible for all duties and taxes assessed by Customs.

The following items may be brought into the Philippines through mail or delivery services without prior clearance, provided that they are:

  • for personal use;
  • in quantities not exceeding the limits shown below.

Childcare articles: 5 Kg

Toys: 10 Pieces


Donations to duly registered relief organizations are exempt from duties and taxes.

Prohibited Items

In addition to items considered non-mailable matter, the following are prohibited:

  • abortion-procurement items
  • coffee
  • copyright infringements
  • currency, counterfeit
  • firearms and weapons (including replicas and toys)
  • foodstuffs, adulterated
  • games of chance of any type
  • liqueurs and spirits
  • lottery tickets and advertising
  • medicines, adulterated
  • seditious materials.

Articles intended for use in performance of unlawful abortions, classifiable but not limited to the following HS numbers:

HS Description of Prohibited and Restricted Articles

3006.60 Medications

4901.10 Printed Matter, in form of books, brochures, pamphlets

4901.99 Printed Matter, other, color illustrations

9018.-- Medical devices

9301.00 Dynamite, gunpowder, firearms, weapons of war

4901.10 Rebellious or seditious materials (printed matter)

4911.10 Obscene or immoral articles

Lottery & sweepstakes tickets

9504.10 Gambling articles/equipment

7113.11 Jewellery not marked with actual fineness

Various Adulterated articles of food and drugs

2939.10 Cocaine, heroin, morphine, opium

6309.00 Used clothing

6310.10 Used rags, sorted

6310.90 Used rags

9503.90 Toy guns (replicas of firearms)

5302.90 Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa L.)

9614.20 Opium pipes and parts thereof

The postal administration of the Philippines reserves the right not to accept any kind of letter post (ordinary, registered or insured) containing coins, currency notes, securities, travellers cheques, platinum, gold or silver, whether manufactured or not, precious stones or other valuable articles.

Documentation Required

Information regarding Customs can be found in "Customs Requirements" of the Canada Postal Guide.

In addition, commercial goods mailed to the Philippines require an invoice. Commercial goods exceeding 3000 pesos require an invoice endorsed by a Philippines consul. Insert one copy of the invoice in the article and attach another to its face. Attach a copy of any relevant letter of credit if the value exceeds $1000US.

Supporting Documentation Requirements

In addition to the basic documentation mentioned above, import clearance/permit must be obtained from the concerned governmental agency in the Philippines or from a recognized non-governmental organization from the country of export for regulated commodities. This document is required for reasons of public health and safety, national security or to satisfy international commitments for the protection or development of the local industry, and must be submitted to customs upon filing of the import entry or prior to release of the regulated commodity or article from customs custody.

Supporting Documentation required for Imports of the following commodities:

  • permit for Imported Product Registration
  • permit for Experimental Use Permit for Efficacy Trial

Animal Products

  • veterinary Certificates (clean report of findings)
  • CITES Import Permit (Export Permit from shipper) for endangered species
  • certificate of Product Registration
  • permit for Spare Parts Importation (for Motorcycles and Motor Vehicles) and Affidavit.

Movie and TV Products

  • Import Permit (for Movie and TV Products)

Registration of a Pesticide Active Ingredient

  • Registration of a Pesticide Product

Plants and Plant Products

  • permit to Import Plants and Plant Products: plants and Plant Products derived from or that include GMO Genetically Modified materials are subject to permit control per AO2002
  • phytosanitary certification

Radio Transmitter(s), Transceiver(s)

  • permit to Purchase/Possess Radio Transmitter(s), Transceiver(s)

Videograms (DVDs, Video-CDs, VHS Tapes)

  • permit for Videogram Import Clearance