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|Currency||Philippine peso (PHP)|
|Population Size||107 millions|
Philippine’s e-commerce market value is US$840 million at present and is expected to grow to US$1.3 billion by 2022.
The growth of this industry has been driven by the continuous increase in the number of consumers as well as the average revenue earned per consumer for e-commerce. Furthermore, consumers are also spending more – an opportunity for online businesses to consider when expanding to the Southeast Asia region.
Philippines maintains a de minimis value threshold of PHP10,000 on inbound B2C e-commerce goods.
|Shipment value below PHP 10,000|
|Shipment value above PHP 10,000|
|Goods & Services Tax (GST)||12%|
Restricted items that must meet certain conditions before going through customs clearance:
Devices used in gambling or the distribution of money, cigars, cigarettes or other goods when such distribution is dependent on chance such as jackpot
Opium pipes, and more
Prohibited items that cannot be imported into the country:
Goods and materials that are designed for producing unlawful abortion
Goods that represents an obscene or immoral character
Goods manufactured in whole or in part of gold, silver or other precious metals/alloys, and the brand does not indicate the actual fineness of quality of the material, and more
This list may change depending on government regulations. Visit official customs page for the latest version.
Documents required by the Philippines’ customs clearance include:
This gives product details, shipment volume in kilogram or cubic meter, and serves as a checklist to ensure shipment has been packed correctly or not.
This gives total shipment value usually in US dollar. Helps to determine the import duties and taxes, and eligibility of shipment.
If you are shipping without a logistics partner that can clear customs on your behalf, you may need to include the following shipping documentation as well:
Cash remains the preferred mode of payment for the majority of Filipino online shoppers. E-commerce sellers who wish to enter this market may want to consider offering this form of payment to attract more customers.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays are non-working days. Please expect shipment delays on these days.
List of public holidays:
|Jan 1||New Year’s Day|
|Jan 2||New Year’s Holiday|
|Jan 25||Chinese New Year|
|Feb 25||People Power Revolution|
|Mar 16||Davao City Day|
|Apr 9||The Day of Valor|
|Apr 9||Maundy Thursday|
|Apr 10||Good Friday|
|Apr 11||Black Saturday|
|May 1||Labor Day|
|May 24||Eid’l Fitr|
|Jun 12||Independence Day|
|Jun 24||Manila Day|
|Jul 31||Eid’l Adha|
|Aug 21||Ninoy Aquino Day|
|Aug 26||National Heroes Day|
|Nov 1||All Saints’ Day|
|Nov 2||All Souls’ Day|
|Nov 30||Bonifacio Day|
Immaculate Conception Day
|Dec 24||Christmas Eve|
|Dec 25||Christmas Day|
|Dec 30||Jose Rizal Day|
|Dec 31||New Year’s Eve|
|Event Name||Event Period|
|Lazada Birthday Sale||Apr 25-27|
|Shopee’s 9.9 mobile shopping day||Aug 30-Sep 9|
|11.11 Single’s Day||Nov 11|
|Pinoy Cyber Sale||Nov 27-30|
Learn more about these events here.
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