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To ship goods between China and the Philippines, you need useful information. So today, first I will talk about Philippine and the importation process between the two countries. As our company has years of experience on the Asian market, I said all what should be known to master this subject. Whether you’re a professional importer/exporter, or a beginner in trades, this essay will give you efficient and useful information for shipping your products.


The Philippines is in in Southeast Asia and has 7,641 islands under three main geographical divisions : LuzonVisayas and Mindanao that are facing Southern China and Taïwan. Also, this country is a founding member of the United Nations. It has a tropical maritime climate that is hot and humid and the average yearly temperature is around 26.6 °C. The Philippines is a democratic country that its international relations are based on trade with other nations especially with China. The economy of this country is the 34th largest in the world and the main exports consists of semiconductors and electronic products, transport equipment, garments, copper and petroleum products, coconut oil, and fruits.

In addition, there are 3 regions called the Luçon region in the north, the Visayas region in the center and the Mindanao region in the south. The population of this country is more than a 100 million. As you know there are many big cities in all parts of the Philippines. The biggest cities are Quezon City, Manila, Davao, Caloocan and Cebu City. So, the country has many seaports through the archipelago. It should be mentioned that the biggest port is the port of Manilla. Then the other large ports are the port of Davao, Cebu, Iloilo, Batangas and Cagayan de Oro. But the other ports are smaller.

Shipping from China to Philippines

We are very familiar with the Filipino market and many goods are exported from China to the Philippines such as steel pipes, GI wire, plywood, furniture, cups, flooring mats, mixed cargo, and other goods. Cost of shipping container to Philippines is so high but we will provide you very competitive shipping cost especially for the door to door shipping. We provide customers with efficient air and ocean freight services.

Sea freight or air freight?

As it is clear, air freight is a quick service since your goods can reach in just 2-3 days. However, it is so expensive. So, sea freight is more affordable as it costs five times less than air freight. But your cargo takes several weeks to reach the destination.
In sea freight, you may use a 20ft container or a 40ft container. But you can share the use of a container with other people that is called Less Than Container Load (LCL) you can choose this if the total volume of your cargo is around 15 cubic meters or less. Also, we offer a full door-to-door service.

China to Philippines door to door delivery services

DDPCH specializes in international export air cargo business and provides you with the transit air cargo business from China to the Philippines. Our services include packaging and shipping:

  • 1) Air cargo booking at China’s airport.
  • 2) Great transportation carton
  • 3) Warehousing (sometimes free) and consolidation
  • 4) Custom clearance in both China and the Philippines
  • 5) Freight insurance
  • 6) Inspection services before shipping and Tracking service after loading
  • 7) Amazon FBA service
  • 8) Air Cargo/ Express Service
  • 9) Sea freight shipping: FCL(Full Container Loading), LCL(Less than Container Loading) and Special Container shipping service from China. 

Is it possible to pay nothing for duties and taxes?

19% of the goods from China are exported to the Philippines. Also, 22% of the exportation of the Philippines goes to China and Hong Kong. Since the Philippines are members of the ASEAN Community, they accepted the cooperation agreements. The ASEAN–China Free Trade Area (ACFTA), is applicable between China and SE Asia. 90% of the taxes over items from China to the Philippines can be decreased. As a result, you don’t need to pay any duties when importing products from China to the Philippines.

How to ship goods from China to the Philippines?

If you intend to begin your business and wants to import goods from China to Philippines, you should follow some essential steps in order to be successful. At first, the quality of your product is important. It is recommended to choose products that you are familiar with. Don’t worry. Just follow these steps;

Step 1: Finding the Right Supplier

You need to have suppliers to give you quality products at a reasonable price. In order to find a good supplier, go on B2B websites. One of these websites is Alibaba ( Also, they manage Trade Assurance, Secure Payment, and Paypal as a payment method.

Step 2: Dealing with the Supplier

Then, connect with suppliers by chatting or sending email. You should request your supplier some information about your product such as minimum order quantity, payment method, shipping process, price list and spec sheets and sample and delivery lead time.

Step 3: Ordering your product

In this stage, the supplier will send a PI (proforma invoice) that will provide a detailed list of all the items and costs of your order. ‍

Payment Methods

It is better to use Trade Assurance that has protection to customers if the order is not shipped on time. You pay via Credit Card or Telegraphic Transfer. Other options are Secure Payment and PayPal. ‍Paypal is the simplest way of payment but the least secure.

Step 4: Arranging Import Logistics

Now, it’s time to get your products from China so determine the intercoms of the transaction. You also decide to use Sea Freight or Air Freight. Using air freight is more expensive but is fast. Therefore, use air freight for small, light goods.
Most people use sea freight since it’s cheaper but it has the demerit of slowness, often a couple of weeks, for your goods to arrive.
After that, go through a DDPCH to facilitate the entire delivery process. It organizes shipments and manages the entire delivery process from trucking, shipping, customs brokerage, and delivery. Then, have a proforma invoice and packing list. Also, secure an import license for your business before you start importing.

Step 5: Payment and Completion

After paying, wait for your goods to arrive in the Philippines.
Once your goods have safely arrived with the help of DDPCH, you can do your business!

I hope this essay has given you enough information. Stay tuned for more posts and feel free to contact us.

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