Export Market Guide - Philippines

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Regulatory information for exporting wine goods to the Philippines, including the regulatory environment, duties and taxes, and permitted additives.

The Philippines is still a developing nation yet it is one of the most westernised in Asia due to its history of foreign occupation. The Philippines endured over 300 years of Spanish rule from the 16th

Century, ending in 1898. The Spanish occupation introduced Roman Catholicism to the Philippines which is still the major religion of the country. The Philippines was then occupied by America who introduced English to the people. After being occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War, the Americans were able to finally grant full Independence to the island nation on 4 July 1946.

Although the Americans had introduced democracy to the Philippines, the country has suffered from political instability until recent years, with a period of dictatorship between 1972 and 1986. The end of the dictatorship has seen vast improvements in terms of political and economic stability.

The Philippines is a founding member of ASEAN and a member of APEC. Australia and New Zealand signed a Free Trade Agreement with ASEAN (AANZFTA) in February 2009. AANZFTA is the largest FTA Australia has concluded. ASEAN is worth about $89 million in average annual exports of Australian wine. The Philippines phased all its tariffs to 0% in 2015.

Regulatory environment

Labelling and composition is governed by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through Administrative Order No. 88-B s 1984, ‘Rules and Regulations Governing the Labelling of Pre-packaged Food Products Distributed in the Philippines’ while Bureau Circular No. 2006/016 regulates wine standards. 

The Philippines has a number of duties and taxes applicable to imported wine and a lengthy product registration process which must be completed before importation can begin. Product Registration is governed by the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, R.A. 3720 by the FDA.

The Bureau of Customs is responsible for the importing process.

Import procedures for the Philippines market

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Duties and Taxes for the Philippines Market

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Labelling requirements for the Philippines market

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Wine standards for the Philippines market

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