Prohibited and Regulated Import Products
Classification of Imports

Before any importation into the Philippines can be made, the particular item or sub-item is identified within the Philippine Standard Commodity Classification Manual (PSCM) as to where the imported goods belong to. This commodity classification is the general basis for determining whether the item is freely importable, prohibited, or regulated.
a. Freely Importable - These are commodities, which importation is neither regulated nor prohibited. The importation may be effected without prior approval of or clearance from any government agency.

b. Regulated Commodities - These are commodities which importation requires clearances/permits from appropriate government gencies including the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
c. Prohibited or Banned - These are commodities which importation is not allowed under the existing laws.
    Absolutely Prohibited:
  • Those specifically listed under Section 101 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines
  • Used Clothing and Rags under Republic Act (RA) 4653, dated 06 June 1966
  • Toy Guns under LOI 1264, dated 31 July 1982
  • Right-Hand Drive Vehicles under RA 8506 dated 13 February 1998
  • Laundry and Industrial Detergents containing hard surfactants under RA 8970 dated 31 October 2000
  Conditionally Prohibited:
  • Ammunitions, firearms
  • Cinematographic films, photographs, paintings, drawings or other representation of any obscene/immoral character
  • Heroin or other synthetic drugs
The following are lists of regulated and prohibited commodities. For more information about them, kindly see the administering bureaus/agencies and their respective websites in the table below. You may also contact the Bureau of Import Services.

Agency Website Page
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)
Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI)
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)
Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI)
Bureau of Product Standards (BPS)
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)
Department of Energy-Energy Resource Development Bureau (DOE-ERDB) 
Department of Environment and National Resources- Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) 
Department of Environment and National Resources- Forest Management Bureau (DENR-FMB)
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) 
Department of Health (DOH)
Department of Health-Food and Drugs Administration
Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Import Services (DTI-BIS) 

Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA)
Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) 
Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) 
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 
National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) 
Optical Media Board (OMB)
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) 
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and 
Dangerous Drugs Board (PDEA & DDB)
Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) 
Philippine National Police-Firearms and Explosives Office (PNP) 
Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) 
Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) 
National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) 
National Food Authority (NFA) 
National Tobacco Administration (NTA)  
Department of Finance (DOF)
Board of Investments (BOI)
Bureau of Customs (BOC)
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)

Republic Act No. 1937

Please click the above link to see the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.

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