Non Tariff Measures

Import Clearance for Cultural Properties

ATR Reference:
UN Code: E121
NTM Type: SPS or Licensing for religious, moral or cultural reasons?

Issuing Agency

Department of Finance
  • 1st Floor, West Wing, Manila Metropolitan Theater Padre Burgos Avenue corner Arroceros Street, Ermita, Manila
  • 8248 3068 / 87127589
  • Permits and Licensing Section: /


The importation of Cultural Property needs to be issued a import clearance before entering the country: ‘For the protection of cultural and foreign affairs interests and to secure cultural heritage, the Philippines may conclude international treaties with contracting States on the import and repatriation of cultural property subject to the following conditions:

(a) The scope of the agreement must be cultural property of significant importance to the cultural heritage of the contracting States;

(b) The cultural property must be subject to the existing export policies for the purpose of protecting cultural heritage; and

(c) The contracting States shall grant reciprocal rights.’

Governing Law: RA No. 10066:

An Act Providing For The Protection And Conservation Of The National Cultural Heritage, Strengthening The National Commission For Culture And The Arts (Ncca) And Its Affiliated Cultural Agencies, And For Other Purposes

Applicable Section: Section 11