Moving to Philippines

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Philippines - Philippines

The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean. It consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.

 The Philippines’ location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator makes the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world’s greatest biodiversity. The Philippines has an area of 300,000 square kilometers (115,831 sq mi), and a population of approximately 100 million. It is the eighth-most populated country in Asia and the 12th most populated country in the world. As of 2013, approximately 10 million additional Filipinos lived overseas,[22] comprising one of the world’s largest diasporas. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands. In prehistoric times, Negritos were some of the archipelago’s earliest inhabitants. They were followed by successive waves of Austronesian peoples. Exchanges with Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Islamic nations occurred. Then, various competing maritime states were established under the rule of Datus, Rajahs, Sultans or Lakans. The arrival of Ferdinand Magellan in Homonhon, Eastern Samar in 1521 marked the beginning of Hispanic colonization. In 1543, Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos named the archipelago Las Islas Filipinas in honor of Philip II of Spain. With the arrival of Miguel López de Legazpi from Mexico City, in 1565, the first Hispanic settlement in the archipelago was established. The Philippines became part of the Spanish Empire for more than 300 years. This resulted in Roman Catholicism becoming the dominant religion. During this time, Manila became the western hub of the trans-Pacific trade connecting Asia with Acapulco in the Americas using Manila galleons. As the 19th century gave way to the 20th, there followed in quick succession the Philippine Revolution, which spawned the short-lived First Philippine Republic, followed by the bloody Philippine–American War of conquest by US military force. Aside from the period of Japanese occupation, the United States retained sovereignty over the islands until after World War II, when the Philippines was recognized as an independent nation. Since then, the Philippines has often had a tumultuous experience with democracy, which included the overthrow of a dictatorship by a non-violent revolution. It is a founding member of the United Nations, World Trade Organization, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and the East Asia Summit. It also hosts the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank. The Philippines is considered to be an emerging market and a newly industrialized country, which has an economy transitioning from being one based on agriculture to one based more on services and manufacturing. It is one of the only two predominantly Christian nations in Southeast Asia, the other being East Timor.

When it comes to moving to the Philippines, there is a process that is long established and RapidWorld is able to help you resolve any issues. From arranging visas, finding properties and school places, to helping you decide what to take, packing it and shipping it to your new home, you won’t be alone. Our services cover whole China span including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Xiamen, Jinan, Nanchang, Changchun, Harbin, etc. We can move you to everywhere in the Philippines including Manila, Boracay, Taguig, Pasig, Cebu, Davao, Caloocan, Quezon city, etc. Here below are some important information regarding moving personal used household goods and effects to the Philippines. Please feel free to contact us should you have any question.

The following is not permitted into Philippines and if included in shipments will result in seizure of all prohibited items and possible legal penalties against the shipper:
 • Firearms, ammunitions, explosives, swords and flick knives• Publications or material of a pornographic or politically subversive nature• Pirated CD’s, DVD’s of any kind• Toys in pistol shape• Narcotics of any kind• Fresh unprocessed foods, plants and trees• Liquid (for air shipments)
 Please avoid sending many foodstuffs, medicines and cosmetics with your shipment.
All household and personal effects shipments are subject to import duties/taxes. There will be higher duties if there are:• Electrical appliances and related items• CDs and VCDs• Golf• New items

To obtain customs exemption, please mark all diplomatic shipments clearly as “DIPLOMATIC” in all documents as well as physically marking the shipment. The destination embassy/UN organizations must apply for duty free shipment of their staff to government agencies for both HHG and POV.

Documents required for diplomatic shipment
 • Copy of valid diplomatic card and valid passport copy• Approved free entry endorsement from DFA / DOF for duty free shipment (client’s companyto provide)


-With an approved 9G visa / EO226 / 47A2 / 13A (to avail duty free shipment)• Original passport• Original visa stamped on passport• Original ACR card• Certificate of Employment coming from company stating that consignee is working with the local company for certain period.(dates of assignment) signed by the appropriate HR signatory. This is for formality with Department of Finance (DOF) (not applicable for 13A).• Certified True Copy of the Employment contract in Company Letterhead (not applicable for 13A)• TIN (Tax Identification Number) in Philippines• Copy of marriage contract ( or 13A visa only)• Copy of shipper’s Birth Certificate (for 13A visa only) 

-Approved Dual Citizen (to avail duty free shipment)
 • Original Valid Filipino and Foreign passport (two original passports)• Original “Certificate of Identification” which certifies that the citizen who has been approved of another foreign citizenship, reinstate his Filipino citizenship• Original Oath of Allegiance• Real state title/property title. This should be the title of your property in the Philippines (title of lot, house, lot under the shipper’s name or under the wife of shipper’s name). This is the basic requirement that the shipper who is applying for exemption and bringing their shipment back to the Philippines uses as they will settle back into the country and not for any other purpose. If there is no real state title yet, this can be stated in the affidavit that the property search is ongoing or whatever reason they may have. It’s recommended to personally appear at DOF upon application (if needed)• Copy of shipper’s birth certificate• Copy marriage contract if applicable• TIN Number
-RETURNING FILIPINO CITIZEN (subject to duties/taxes)
• Passport copy• There must be a latest entrance stamped by immigration in the passport 


All shipments are subject to import duties.

Customs clearance times

Air ShipmentsSurface Shipment (FCL)Surface Shipment (LCL)
3-5 working days5-15 working days5-15 working days

Above times are estimates only and on the basis that all required documents are available and in order. Actual time for customs clearance may be subject to change. For more information please contact destination office.

Customs and quarantine procedures
All shipments will be subject to customs inspection.

Above times are estimates only and on the basis that all required documents are available and in order. Actual time for customs clearance may be subject to change.  For more information please contact RapidWorld.

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