Donated relief goods are exempted from import duties provided they are properly consigned to DSWD or to any DSWD-accredited organization. In addition, the exemption is granted through a documentation and recording process. It is the mandate of the Bureau of Customs to record ALL items imported into the Philippines.
For this purpose, we have set up a One-Stop Shop to expeditiously process importations of donated relief goods and equipment for the calamity-response operations.
Certain items, such as medicine, telecommunications equipment and agricultural products are subject to clearance by regulatory agencies like the Food and Drug Administration;the National Telecommunications Commission; and the Department of Agriculture are still required. We have invited them to be part of our One-Stop Shop.