Exporting to the Philippines

If you have plans to start exporting, take the time to do your research. Prepare your strategy carefully. You may also need export documents.

Starting to export

The Dutch government can help you take your first steps in a foreign market. You can find a lot of information on Ondernemersplein.nl, the digital one-stop shop for government information for businesses, and through the 'NL exporteert' app (in Dutch). The Chamber of Commerce (KvK) and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) can also answer your questions and advise you.

Information by country

RVO.nl can give you detailed information for the country you want to export to. For example, on local import tariffs and procedures. Choose the country in the list and click on export rules (in Dutch).

Choose the right export document

Exporting involves a lot of paperwork. There are different documents for exporting within and outside the European Union. Some papers must be shown to customs when goods pass the border. The Chamber of Commerce has the documents you need.

Exporting to this country or region

There are several Philippine government agencies that facilitate doing business in the Philippines. A list of the most relevant ones is provided to allow businesspersons to identify key contact offices relevant for their line of business.

Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)

The PEZA oversees and administers incentives in areas designated as 'special economic zones', where various policy incentives are offered for investors who meet criteria. These zones are usually developed with world-class infrastructure, designed to be ready-to-occupy, to be environment-friendly, and to be physically secure.

Department of Trade and Industry

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the primary coordinative, promotive, facilitative, and regulatory arm of the Philippine Government with the country's trade, industry, and investment activities.

An important office is the Bureau of Import Services, which regulates all imports into the country.

The Embassy of the Philippines in The Hague

The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines to the Netherlands page has links to doing business in the Philippines as well as to various instruments that assist Dutch investors interested in doing business in the country.

Contacting the Trade and Economic Team at the Manila Embassy

If you have questions or concerns about doing business in the Philippines, please contact us via email at this address: man-ez@minbuza.nl

Kindly send us a request written in English, as the response to your question will also be in English.