2016-69 - Market Coordination and Strategy Program - Cancellation of existing import permits for all agricultural products to the Philippines

25 November 2016


To advise exporters of the cancellation of all existing import permits for agricultural exports to the Philippines effective 23 November 2016.


On 23 November 2016, the Secretary of the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture (DoA) ordered the cancellation of all existing import permits for agricultural products from all markets. This cancellation applies to import permits issued by the Bureau of Plant Industries (BPI) for the import of plants and plant products.

Summary of key points

For shipments arriving from 23 November 2016 through to the weekend, importers will have to present their existing import permit documents to the new DoA inspection team in the Manila Container Integrated Port or the Manila International Airport. The department understands that existing import permits can be re-validated at the Philippines DoA office in Quezon City, Manila, prior to a consignment’s arrival.

The department understands that import permits will now be issued manually by the Philippines DoA until further notice. The department anticipates that there may be significant congestion experienced at port of entry and resultant delays in product clearance.

Exporters responsibilities

The department recommends exporters work closely with their importers at the earliest opportunity to ensure all administrative processes required by the Philippines DoA are followed to avoid issues with consignment clearance on arrival. 

Contact Information

The department continues to seek clarification on the process going forward and will provide an update as soon as relevant information becomes available. If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email: Market Coordination Strategy.


Dr Chris Parker
Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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