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Moving to The Philippines

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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 The 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.

Helpful Downloads

Click on the links below to download useful documents:

  • My Move Checklist

    To help you keep on track with your international removal.

  • Removal Inventory / Packing List

    For use if you need to provide a removal packing list or moving inventory yourself for your international removal service.

  • Removal Survey Cubic Calculator

    For use if you need to find out the volume of your move before making an enquiry. Remember when doing an international move, to allow a little more space for loading volume.

  • Removal Survey Information Form

    For use for you to better describe the requirements of your move. This outlines all the things that a professional international removal company would need to know to physically move your goods.

  • International Removal Insurance Form

    If you're taking out insurance with us, download this form, complete it and email it back to your international relocation manager.

Popular Destinations in The Philippines

Pearson 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


Need Help?

If you are unsure about what you need, one of our international move managers is always willing to help. Just call us on +44 (0)1827 873 773, 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 FC Exchange who specialise in doing just this. FC Exchange will offer all Pearson customers preferential rates when exchanging currency and guarantee to beat other rates you’re receiving. Ask one of our move managers about this, or click here to find out more...


Get Insurance

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

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.

Restricted & Dutiable/Taxable Items

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)

Prohibited/Banned Items

Do not move any of these items to The Philippines:

  • Obscene literature, photographs and films
  • Politically subversive literature
  • Gambling equipment
  • Narcotics and drugs

Disclaimer: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This information is provided as a guide only. While Pearson has exercised reasonable care in publishing this information, Pearson makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

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