Commodity Details

Chapter 07.14 Manioc, arrowroot, salep, Jerusalem artichokes, sweet potatoes and similar roots and tubers with high starch or inulin content, fresh, chilled, frozen or dried, whether or not sliced or in the form of pellets; sago pith.
Heading 0714.40 – Taro (Colocasia spp.) :
Commodity 0714.40.10 – – Frozen

For Imports

Regulating Agencies

Department of Finance
  • 692 San Andres Street, Malate, Manila
  • 8525-2987 / 8521-7650 / 8332-7567 / 8251-2262 LOCAL 101 / 102 / 103
  • 85217650
  • / /
Department of Finance
  • Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • 88571999, 8857-1900, 8877 0259
  • None
  • (drugs) , (cosmetics), (food), (medical device),,

Legal Basis

  • Administrative Order No. 2020-0017 – Administrative Order No. 2020-0017 || Revised Guidelines on the Unified Licensing Requirements and Procedures of the Food and Drug Administration Repealing Administrative Order No. 2016-0003
  • DA Administrative Order No. 9, Series of 2010 – Rules and Regulations Governing the Importation of Agricultural and Fish and Fishery/Aquatic Products, Fertilizers, Pesticides and Other Agricultural Chemicals, Veterinary Drugs and Biological Products into the Philippines
  • DA Administrative Order No. 18, Series of 2000 – DA Administrative Order No. 18, Series of 2000 Amending DA A.O. No. 4 Series of 1998, 'Revised Guidelines In The Importation of Agricultural Products'
  • DA Department Circular no. 4 series of 2016, enacted on 9 June 2016 – DA Department Circular no. 4 series of 2016, enacted on 9 June 2016 'Guidelines on the Importation of Plants, Planting Materials and Plant Products for Commercial Purposes'
  • International Plant Protection Convention (IPCC) – International Plant Protection Convention (IPCC)
  • DOH Department Circular No. 2011-0101 – DOH Department Circular No. 2011-0101 The Rules and Regulations Implementing RA No. 9711- The Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009
  • Presidential Decree No. 1433 dated June 10, 1978 – Presidential Decree No. 1433 dated June 10, 1978 Promulgating The Plant Quarantine Law Of 1978, Thereby Revising And Consolidating Existing Plant Quarantine Laws To Further Improve And Strengthen The Plant Quarantine Service Of The Bureau Of Plant Industry
  • Republic Act No. 10611 – Republic Act No. 10611 An Act To Strengthen The Food Safety Regulatory System In the Country To Protect Consumer Health And Facilitate Market Access Of Local Foods And Food Products And For Other Purposes
  • Republic Act No. 7394 dated April 13, 1992 – Republic Act No. 7394 dated April 13, 1992 The Consumer Act of the Philippines
  • Republic Act 9711 dated August 18, 2009 – Republic Act 9711 dated August 18, 2009 An Act Strengthening And Rationalizing The Regulatory Capacity Of The Bureau Of Food And Drugs (BFAD) By Establishing Adequate Testing Laboratories And Field Offices, Upgrading Its Equipment, Augmenting Its Human Resource Complement, Giving Authority To Retain Its Income, Renaming It The Food And Drug Administration (FDA), Amending Certain Sections Of RA No. 3720, As Amended, And Appropriating Funds Thereof

Permits, Clearances, Certifications

  • Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Clearance (SPSIC)
  • License to Operate (LTO)
  • Certificate of Product Registration (CPR)
  • FDA Certification/Notification/Clearance (for those not requiring LTO and/or CPR)
  • Certificate of Analysis (if applicable)

Requirements & Procedures

Documentary Requirements

Bureau of Plant Industry

Plant Quarantine Clearance:

  1. Duly accomplished Application Form or BPI Q Form No. 1
  2. Proforma Invoice
  3. GM Certification
  4. Certificate from Buyers
  5. Research Outline

Phytosanitary Certificate

  1. Duly accomplished Application Form or BPI Q Form No. 1

Food and Drug Administration

The Philippine importer must use the e-registration system version using the valid user account holder . You must read carefully the new issuance of FDA Circular 2020-033 (Procedure for the use of a modified e-registration system for raw material and pre-packaged food products and its amendment 2020-033A).

There is an available video presentation on the FDA website for "Complete Guide on How to Apply for Food CPR version 2".

    You may also see the Frequently Asked Questions of FDA for your other references.
  • Valid License to Operate (LTO) as Food Importer
  • Duly accomplished and notarized Integrated Application Form
  • Proof of Registration
    1. If Single Proprietorship, valid Certificate of Business Name Registration with the DTI
    2. If Corporation or Partnership, valid Registration with SEC and Articles of Incorporation or Partnership
    3. If Cooperative, valid Certificate from Cooperative Development Authorities (CDA) and by laws
  • Proof of Occupancy
    1. Valid notarized Contract of Lease/Sub-Lease/Certificate of Occupancy/ Warehousing Agreement (for third party logistics)
    2. Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT)if owned and notarized Certificate of Occupancy (if owned by one of the incorporators
    3. Clearance from the Condominium/ Building Administration allowing the use of the unit for business purposes - as necessary
  • Location Plan/Site/Google Map (indicate size, location, landmarks, immediate environment, type of building)
  • Floor Plan/Lay out with dimension (office and/or warehouse; manufacturing plant)
  • List of food products to be distributed
  • Sample label of product to be imported/distributed
  • Any of the following from each supplier
    1. Foreign Agency Agreement
    2. Certificate of Distributorship
    3. Appointment Letter
    4. Proforma Invoice
    5. Memorandum of Agreement
  • Any one of the following documents for the status of manufacturer issued by the Regulatory/Health Authority from the country of origin
    1. Certificate of Registration of Manufacturer and its conformity with GMP from Regulatory/ Health Authority or its equivalent
    2. Phytosanitary Certificate/Health Certificate
    3. Certificate of Free Sale
    4. ISO 2200 Certification/FSSC 2200
    5. HACCP Certificate as applicable
  • Valid Certificate of Product Registration (CPR)
  • Completely filled up Assessment Slip
  • Application Letter
  • Notarized Affidavit of Undertaking
  • Completely filled up Product List
  • Proforma/Sales Invoice declaring the products imported and applied for product registration
  • Actual loose label with sticker reflecting the complete name and address of the importer
  • Original copy of the Certificate of Free Sale (CFS) issued by the Government Regulatory Agency in the country of origin stating that the specific products applied for registration are freely sold in the country of origin and fit for human consumption.
    1. Procedures

      Bureau of Plant Industry

      Application and Issuance of Phytosanitary Certificate:

      1. Fill up Application for Inspection and Phytosanitary Certification
      2. Submit accomplished BPI ''Q'' Form No. 10
      3. Present actual commodity for inspection
      4. Receive Phytosanitary Certificate
      5. Fill up Feedback Form

      Food and Drug Administration

      1. Application form id downloaded from
        • The integrated application form in XLS or XLSX format is used for both License and Registration applications, as well as amendments and other certifications. Promos and advertisements are also now covered in the application from. Remember that a valid LTO is required for a CPR.
      2. Application form is filled-up correctly.
        • The application form has six parts:
          1. General Information
          2. Establishment Information
          3. Product Information
          4. Supporting Information
          5. Sources and Clients
          6. Applicant Information
        • If the part is appropriately filled up, a green 'PROCEED' will be indicated. Required fields will appear sequentially. If the form is appropriately filled up, the composed body text (in the green box) will appear.
      3. Send an email to pair at
        • In the XLS application form, the worksheet 'Email' composes the subject and bosy of the email that should be sent to Copy and paste the appropriate fields onto the email. Include CCs as needed. The XLS or XLSX file should not be attached but it will be required during submission. Any attachment will lead to rejection of schedule request. Up to ten applications in a single email are acceptable.
      4. Within two working days, a Document Tracking Log (DTL) is sent with a schedule for submission.
        • The FDA will determine the schedule of applications according to the priority of the Centers. A quota will be set for the total number of applications that can be scheduled in a day. Multiple applications sent in a single email may be scheduled over separate days. Requests for specific schedules will not be accommodated. Receiving will be scheduled within 10 working days of receipt of application email.
      5. Fees are paid either at Land Bank branches or at the main FDA cashier.
        • Once a DTL is received, payment can be made immediately through any branch of the Land Bank of the Philippines. The main FDA cashier will only accommodate those scheduled to be received for the day. A copy of the DTL provided by FDA and a copy of the application form are required to process payment. Indicate in the application form the tracking number provided. Check that the tracking number indicated in the DTL is indicated in the proof of payment.
      6. Check if all requirements are in order.
        • Be sure that you have a checklist of requirements and that you have all the necessary documents. Don't forget to have the petition or declaration form notarized. A softcopy of all requirements should be stored in a USB device to facilitate transfer. Include an XLS or XLSX copy of the accomplished application form. Please keep your USB devices free of malicious software. A copy of the OnColl Payment Slip is also required at the point of submission.
      7. Application is filed on schedule.
        • Only applications scheduled for the day will be accommodated. Hard copies will no longer be required at submission. Don't forget to get back the USB devices used to transfer documents. Remember the RSN number of each application. Use the RSN to follow-up through Should you fail to complete submission on the set date, queue for another schedule through using RSN.


      Uncooked and Frozen

      1. BPI – Importer Registration
      2. BPI – Pest Risk Analysis
      3. BPI – SPS Clearance
      4. BPI – Must Ship Out Date
      5. BPI – Inspection at the Port of Entry
      6. BPI – Accredited Storage Facility

      Cooked, Roasted, Fermented, In Brine, Sliced, Frozen, Extracted, Multi-processed, Pasteurized, Pureed, Sterilized, Tenderized, Sealed in air-tight containers

      1. BPI – Accredited Storage Facility
      2. FDA – License to Operate
      3. FDA – Certificate of Product Registration
      4. FDA – Labelling Requirement

      Import Status


      For Exports

      Regulating Agencies

      Department of Finance
      • 692 San Andres Street, Malate, Manila
      • 8525-2987 / 8521-7650 / 8332-7567 / 8251-2262 LOCAL 101 / 102 / 103
      • 85217650
      • / /
      Department of Finance
      • Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City Alabang, Muntinlupa City
      • 88571999, 8857-1900, 8877 0259
      • None
      • (drugs) , (cosmetics), (food), (medical device),,


      The export of this commodity is currently regulated. Please contact the regulating agency above for export requirements and procedures.


      Uncooked and Frozen

      1. BPI – Exporter Registration
      2. BPI – Phytosanitary Certificate
      3. BPI – Pre-shipment Inspection
      4. BPI – Verification of packing/filling materials

      Cooked, in brine, sliced, frozen

      1. FDA – License to Operate
      2. FDA – Certificate of Product Registration
      3. FDA – Export Certification

      NTM Notes

      BPI in bulk, FDA if in individual package

      Tariff Schedules

      Visit the Philippine Tariff Commission (TC) through its Philippine Tariff Finder (PTF).