Bureau of Customs Regulated Imports List

PICCS 2012.pdf
Regulated Imports 2015 10 09 Version 1 Sorted by Product.xlsx
Regulated Imports 2015 10 09 Version 2 Sorted by Category.xlsx
Regulated Imports 2015 10 09 Version 3 Sorted by Regulating Agency.xlsx

User’s Guide to the Bureau of Customs Regulated Imports List

(Download User’s Guide In PDF format)

12 February 2015

(see Sections E and F on how and when the list shall be finalized and enforced)

  1. Downloading the List
    1. The Bureau of Customs has published a complete list of all regulated imports, as well as detailed information about the procedures for acquiring the necessary permits. The list, and the documents containing the detailed information, can be downloaded by logging on to:

http://repository.gov.ph/customs/

and clicking the following links:

201_File_TRGA.zip

PICCS 2012.pdf

Regulated Imports-2015 02 06 V1.xlsx

Regulated Imports-2015 02 06 V2.xlsx

Regulated Imports-2015 02 06 V3.xlsx

    1. After downloading the zip file in 201 File TRGA.zip, the unzipped folder contained in the zip file, and all the other files listed above, must all be saved on the desktop for the links between the different files to work properly.
  1. Using the Regulated Imports List
    1. The Regulated Imports List comes in three versions, all of which have identical contents but are sorted in different ways:
File Sort order
Regulated Imports-2015 02 06 V1.xlsx By specific product, in alphabetical order
Regulated Imports-2015 02 06 V2.xlsx By broad category of product, then within each broad category, by specific product, both in alphabetical order.
Regulated Imports-2015 02 06 V3.xlsx By the name of the agency regulating that product, in alphabetical order.
    1. All versions of the Regulated Imports List are in excel format and can be searched, but cannot be modified, filtered, or manipulated in any way. The contents of the files can be copied into a separate excel file, which can then be filtered or modified.
    2. Each row in the list corresponds to one regulated product:
      1. Columns A and B (Product and Category) show the broad product category and the specific product.
      2. Column C indicates if the rules are based on who is importing the product, rather than what the product is.
      3. Column D indicates if the rules are based on what the product will be used for, rather than what the product is.
      4. Column E shows the name of the regulating agency for that product.
      5. Column F shows the name of the document(s) which must be shown by the importer to the Bureau of Customs as a prerequisite to Customs clearance of any imports of that product.
      6. Column G contains links to more information about the procedures of the regulating agency in column E to obtain the document(s) shown in Column F.
      7. For products which require more than one permit, Columns H to J, and Columns K to M, show the same information as columns E to G, for the other agencies from which permits must be obtained.
      8. Column N contains details on rules specific to that product which does not fit into the other columns.
    3. Some products are regulated by more than one agency. (In compiling the Regulated Imports List, products for which an Authority to Release Imported Goods (ATRIG) issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue is required are considered regulated imports, and the Bureau of Internal Revenue is considered a regulating agency). If a particular import requires a permit or permits from more than one agency, that will be shown in the columns for Regulating Agency 2 (column H) and Regulating Agency 3 (column K).
    4. In some cases, a product can be regulated by either of two agencies depending not on what the product is, but what it will be used for. An example of this is “Food Supplements- for Humans or Animals.” In cases such as this, an explanation of what is required to be presented for Customs clearance is shown in the column Notes (column N).
    5. In general, whether a product is regulated depends on what it is. In some cases, however, the specific rules which determine whether a product can be imported or whether the product is a regulated import depend on who is importing the product or for what purpose the product will be used.
      1. In cases where the rules depend on who is importing the product, this will be shown in the column By Importer (column C). Further explanations will be shown in the column Notes (column N)
      2. In cases where the rules depend on for what purpose the product will be used, this will be shown in the column By Purpose (column D). Further explanations, if any, will be shown in the column Notes (column N).
  1. Notes on Imports of Food and Drink
    1. All food and drinks, whether for human or animal consumption, are regulated imports, and must have a permit from one of the following agencies:
      1. Bureau of Animal Industry
      2. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
      3. Bureau of Plant Industry
      4. Food and Drug Administration

In addition, alcoholic drinks must have a permit from the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

The specific rules for each product are shown in the list.

    1. All drugs and pharmaceutical products, whether for human or animal consumption, are regulated imports, and must have permit from one of the following agencies:
      1. Bureau of Animal Industry
      2. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
      3. Bureau of Plant Industry
      4. Food and Drug Administration

The specific rules for each product are shown in the list.

  1. Notes on Imports of Chemicals
    1. Many chemicals are regulated imports, in some cases by more than one agency. This list contains all known regulated chemicals. If a particular chemical is not on the Regulated Imports list, it does not automatically mean that it is not regulated. For chemicals which are not on the Regulated Imports list Customs staff, importers, and brokers should determine whether that chemical is found in the Philippine Inventory of Chemicals and Chemical Substances (PICCS):
      1. If a particular chemical is not in the Regulated Imports list but is in the Philippine Inventory of Chemicals and Chemical Substances, then that chemical is not a regulated import.
      2. If a particular chemical is not in the Regulated Imports list, and also not in the Philippine Inventory of Chemicals and Chemical Substances, then that chemical is a regulated import and must secure a permit from the Environment Management Bureau.

The Philippine Inventory of Chemicals and Chemical Substances (PICCS) is contained in the file PICCS 2012.pdf, a link to which is shown above.

  1. Changes to the List
    1. Until further notice, the Bureau of Customs Regulated Imports List is a draft document. If there are any changes to the list, a revised version will be re-posted. Details on the revised version, and how to access it, will be posted on the website of the Bureau of Customs (customs.gov.ph) by no later than Monday, 6 April 2015.
    2. Regulating agencies are requested to notify the Bureau of Customs, by e-mail to [email protected], by no later than Monday, 2 March 2015, if there are any errors, omissions, or changes in their requirements.
  2. Customs Regulations
    1. Beginning on Monday, 20 April 2015, the Bureau of Customs will strictly implement all the requirements shown in the Regulated Imports List. All imports of all products in the list must have the required permits, from all the regulating agencies shown in the row for that product on the list, before clearance of any import of that product.
    2. Regulations change from time to time. The Regulated Imports List will be updated when there are any changes in regulations, such that the version accessible from the Bureau of Customs website will always be up-to-date, and will always be the basis for clearance of regulated products by Customs staff.
    3. Regulating agencies are requested to inform the Bureau of Customs when regulations on imports change, at least one month in advance before their implementation.