How to import Full Containers into the Philippines without a license

Importanything.ph enables you to bring in entire containers of anything into the Philippines even if you don’t have an import license – which is normally required, along with other regulatory requirements that are specific to the product. 

Our clients include both licensed and unlicensed importers. Why also the licensed? Because just because you have an import license and all your paperwork lined up, it’s not an absolute guarantee that you’ll have a worry-free experience dealing with customs.

Furthermore, doing everything by the book does not promise that you’ll be free from surprise expenses. There’s always going to be an unknown cost that varies from shipment to shipment, even if it’s for the same item and the same volume. You will only find out once the shipment has arrived. If you’re a businessman, the solution to this is to pad your costing with your best guesstimate of how much those unknown variables are going to be. 

If you use our service, you won’t have to deal with paperwork and you can do away with surprise fees. Before you even commit to the purchase with your supplier, you can find out exactly how much it will cost to bring in your cargo. Not a penny more, not a penny less.  

Requirements

The only thing we’re going to need from you is a copy of the proforma invoice and packing list. 

A proforma invoice has the same details as a sales invoice, but the former is issued before purchase as sort of a formal offer, the latter is issued after the purchase has been paid for. 

A packing list looks like an invoice, but instead of prices, you have measurements (dimensions and weight). 

When you’re bringing in entire containers, we will always need these two documents to come up with a quotation. They will be presented to customs for pre-approval, so that once your shipment hits the docks, it will be smooth-sailing all the way to your door. 

CIF vs We’ll Handle Everything

There are two ways to go about shipping your containers:

  1. CIF – which is the international trade jargon meaning “Cost Insurance and Freight paid”. Your supplier handles the export process. Export pertains to the cargo being shipped out of the country of origin and getting it on the air or sea to the destination port. We’ll take care of getting it out of customs.
  2. We’ll Handle Everything. This means your supplier will just ship to their port or we’ll have it picked up from their door, and then we’ll take care of both the export and import process.

Most suppliers prefer CIF because means they get an export declaration which they can use to get tax rebates. 

As far as you, the buyer and importer, is concerned, it’s only a small difference because about 90% of the importation cost is made up of customs clearance.  

Determining which one is for you is as easy as asking your supplier which one they prefer.

Exact process for CIF

After presenting the two documents to us and getting a quotation, you will inform us when the product is ready to ship. We will give you the consignee details your supplier will use, along with which port your supplier should send to. 

Once they have sent out the cargo, they will relay the bill of lading to us, which we will then forward to customs. The appropriate personnel will be notified and be on the lookout for the arrival of your shipment. 

Once your shipment arrives at the port, the processing will begin immediately and you can expect it to be released and ready for delivery within 5 business days.

If you don’t have enough to fill a container

If your shipment is not enough to fill an entire container, it’s considered Loose Cargo. For loose cargo shipments, the process is the same. 

But for a few countries covered by our specialty service, you don’t even have to furnish a packing list and invoice. Your supplier can just ship to our warehouse overseas, and your shipment will arrive at our warehouse in Quezon City and ready for pickup or delivery anywhere in the Philippines in five days or three weeks depending on how you had it shipped, by air or by sea. 


Countries Covered by our specialty service. 

To begin importing loose cargo using our specialty service, go to: https://importanything.ph/ship-now/