Philippines Export Prohibitions

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HS               Description of Prohibited and Restricted Articles
0301.99      Bangus fry, Mother bangus (Sabalo)
0306.23      Prawn spawner and fry
0508.00      Capiz shells (semi-finished, semi-processed)
Trumpet shells (Triton)
Helmet shells (Cassis)
Live specimen, raw shells
Meat and by-products of giant clams (Tridacnidae)
Undersized raw shells of Trocas, Gold lip, Black lip, Turbo Mamoratus & Kapis
1209.91      Abaca and ramie seeds
4403.41      Bakawan (mangrove)
2530.90      Stalactites & Stalagmites
Raw materials for cottage industries


HS                Description of Prohibited and Restricted Articles

1401.10      Bamboo
1401.90      Monkey pod (acacia)
1401.20      Rattan (including poles)
5305.99.1  Buri fibers

Textiles and Textile Products

All articles that are presented for export from the Philippines consisting of textiles or textile products must be pre-approved for export by the Garment and Textile Export Board (GTEB) and Textile Export Clearance (TEC) issued. Goods consigned for export from the Philippines must be presented with complete documentation including an Export Authorization (EA) application to the GTEB. Authorization and or related license will be issued within four (4) hours by the GTEB provided all documentation is correct and existing quotas etc are not closed. Customs will not grant release for export of any textile shipment unless EA has been issued by the GTEB.

Textiles consigned to the following countries require the following under the terms of existing bi-lateral agreements currently in force in order to be allowed import in the destination country:

Country                               Documentation

European Union (EU)      Export License (EL) Certificate of Origin (CO)
Mexico                                 Certificate of Origin (CO)
United States                     Textile Visa (VISA)

SOCPEC Countries

Nations identified by the Philippines International Trading Corp (PITC) as being socialist or having a centrally planned economy are subject to both import and export controls in the Philippines. Goods originating from these SOCPEC countries or exported to these countries must be approved by the PITC, pursuant to Section V of Letter of Instruction No.444. Importers and exporters wishing to import or export from these countries must seek approval and submit an application for each shipment. The application shall be accomplished on the PITC Form No. M-1002 for import and the PITC Form No. M-1005 for export shipments.

Export Approval Required

The following commodities are always subject to export controls and may require permits in addition to agency approval:

Copper Concentrates

Rice, Grains and grain products

Sugar Molasses and Muscavado


Live Animals

Antiques, Cultural Properties

Aquatic products; fish, shrimp, shells



Logs and Lumber, processed Forest Products

Raw materials used in Cottage Industries

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