Published: 02 October 2016
The Bureau of Import Services (BIS) facilitates imports and monitors the importation of liberalized and sensitive items. It initiates and conducts preliminary investigations on dumping, countervailing, and safeguard protests.
You may contact BIS through:

Bureau of Import Services (BIS)
3F Tara Bldg., 389 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City 
Director's Office
Tel. No.: (+632) 896.4430
Fax: (+632) 896.4431 

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View flowchart of procedure.

1. What are the import documents required in all shipments to the Philippines?

  • Commercial Invoice
  • Bill of Lading or Airway Bill for air shipments
  • Certificate of Origin, if requested
  • Packing List
  • Applicable special certificates required due to the nature of goods being shipped/requested by importer/bank/letter of credit clause, such as the Bureau of Food  and Drugs (BFAD) license
  • Commercial Invoice of Returned Philippine Goods and Supplemental Declaration on  Valuation
  • For Letter of Credit (L/C) Transaction, a duly accomplished Letter of Credit (L/C)  including Proforma Invoice and Import Entry Declaration for Advance Customs Import  Duty (ACID)
  • For non-L/C Transactions, either Draft Documents against Acceptance (D/A),  Documents Against Payment (D/P), Open Account (OA) or self-funded, a Proforma Invoice

2. What are the legal fees to be collected from importers? 

  • Processing and Certificate fees P2,000 BIR-ARMD and Processing Fees P1,000 BOC-AMO

3. Who are authorized to make an import entry?

  • Importer- being the holder of the Bill of Lading (B/L) or Airway Bill (AWB)
  • Customs Broker- acting under the authority from the holder of the B/L or AWB
  • A person duly empowered to act as agent or attorney-in-fact for such holder

4. What are the requirements upon filing of import entry?

  • Single Administrative Document (SAD)*
  • B/L or AWB
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List
  • Other additional documents as may be required, such as:
    • ATRIG (VAT- exempt goods) 
    • Certificate of Origin (CO) 
    • Import Permit for regulated items 
    • Health Certificate 

*Per Bureau of Customs Memorandum Order No. 29-2015 dated 01 September 2015

Download the Revised Rules and Regulations on Accreditation of Importers.





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