Alibaba Shipping to Philippines

Alibaba Shipping to Philippines: Get The Cheapest Shipping from China

Alibaba Shipping to Philippines

If you are buying from Alibaba and shipping to Philippines,  and you need to find the cheapest way to ship your goods from China to your city, this is the right guide for you.

You will get every detail when shipping from China to Philippines, check below content list


Trucking Cost from Shanghai Factory to Shanghai Seaport

Trucking Cost from Shanghai Factory

If your supplier is in other cities in China, the land cost will be different.

So we still calculate based your supplier is in Shanghai.

If in this case, the trucking cost from your Shanghai factory to Shanghai seaport will be around $50/cbm for LCL shipping, around $140 /20′ container, around $170/40′ container.

Besides, most suppliers in China quote according to FOB terms.

If this is your case, the supplier will be responsible for transporting goods to the loading port ( but you know, the cost must have been included in their quotation).

• Local Charges

Local charges often include:

  1. THC
  2. Booking fee
  3. Documentation
  4. Customs clearance
  5. Telex-release costs

Please note:

These charges are payable at the origin in China before shipment leaves the loading port.

And like the trucking costs, they don’t cost as much, and most of them are included in the FOB price.

• Ocean Freight Cost from Shanghai Port to the Destination Port

Ocean Freight Cost from Shanghai Port

Actually few forwarders will quote you only the ocean freight shipping rate, they often quote you shipping rate including all details like ocean freight, destination charge for LCL, duty, vat, customs clearance in Manila.

• Destination Charge from the Carrier

The destination charges when sea shipping will occur at the destination port of your shipment. In this case, Manila.

Therefore, this cost is not considered as part of the freight costs.

It covers:

  1. DTHC
  2. Arrival notice
  3. Documentation
  4. Inspection
  5. Unpacking,

Among other things that your cargo may undergo at Manila port.

• Port Charges

Port charges are often payable at the destination port to the relevant port authorities.

Usually, these charges are calculated based on whether you are shipping FCL or LCL.

FCL shipments are often charged per container while LCL shipments per volume of goods which is set per cbm.

• Customs Clearance in Manila

When your goods arrive in Manila and after paying the local charges, you will need to cater for customs clearance in Philippines.

In this case, you will have to present the necessary paperwork for verification of shipment.

Then, you will pay the applicable import tariff and taxes for goods to be cleared for entry.

Note that if your goods worth is below USD200, you won’t be paying any tariff in Manila.

You will, however, have to pay a sales tax which is usually a 12% charge on the total value of the shipment.

Bureau of Customs port of Manila

Besides, if you are importing certain goods like tobacco, alcohol, minerals, etc., you’ll have to pay excise tax.

This unlike the sales tax is payable at varying rates.

• Delivery from Manila Port to your Warehouse

Once cleared, you’ll have to incur the cost of transportation from Manila port to final destination in the Philippines.

Here, you may use trucks or rail or a combination of both.

The archipelagic nature of the Philippines also makes waterway transportation viable.

Final delivery, in this case, will depend on your preference and accessibility of the warehouse from Manila port.


Documents You Need to Ship from China to the Philippines

With your goods finally in Manila, you will need to present the following documents for customs clearance:

Philippines custom clearance

i. Packing List

A packing list is a document that details the contents of a shipment.

It acts as a reference point during inspection and verification of imports.

ii. Commercial Invoice

In international logistics, a commercial invoice is usually issued by the seller to buyer as a bill of sale.

It is a document that details the terms of sale between seller and buyer and is vital for clearance at customs.

iii. HS code

The harmonized system code is a six-digit number that identifies the category of a product and its applicable tariff.

This code is useful in customs processes primarily in the determination of import tariffs and taxes.

iv. Import Permit for Some Goods

In the Philippines, an import permit or license is vital for importing specific products into the country.

It is a government-issued document where a lack of it may deter you from importing goods like foodstuffs and live animals.

Importation of pharmaceuticals, chemicals minerals, and oil and petroleum products also requires a license.

v. Other Goods Information

Other documents that you may need are;

  • Certificate of product registration (when importing food and drug items)
  • Certificate of origin
  • Customs import declaration
  • Bill of lading document/airway bill (this mandatory for ocean and air freight shipments respectively).

Express Shipping Alibaba to the Philippines

If you need to deliver product samples or valuable documents fast and cheaply, express shipping suitable.

Courier shipping to Philippines

It will cost you less and takes lesser time to deliver compared to if you use freight means.

In the case of express shipping from Alibaba to the Philippines you can choose from the following options:


DHL offers comprehensive trackable express shipping services from all parts of China to the Philippines.

Their service package includes complete pickup, customs clearing, and delivery.


Express shipping with UPS from Alibaba to the Philippines won’t cost you anything more than USD5 per Kg.

Their services are generally cheaper than of most providers in this market.

They are also equally reliable and quick.

• SF-express

SF-express is also a popular choice for express shipping from Alibaba to the Philippines.

The company was founded in 1913, in Shenzhen China.

Currently, it is the second largest express courier service in China with net revenue of USD3.3 billion as of March 2017.


As you consider express shipping, please note that the fees here are usually set up by the suppliers.

In this case, your supplier on Alibaba will calculate the shipping costs based on the weight, size, and volume of your package.

The larger your package, the more you will pay.

This is why it is advisable to only use express shipping for packages less than 150kgs.

That said, do you know the best incoterm to use when importing from Alibaba?

Let me tell you which ones below.

Incoterms BanSar Recommends when Buying Products on Alibaba

There are lots of incoterms in international logistics.

However, each Incoterm is best for a certain scenario.

In our case of Alibaba to the Philippines, using the following terms could save you lots of headache, time and money.


FOB (free on board) is the most common incoterm used on Alibaba.

Buying on FOB terms relives you of the trucking costs from factory to loading port.

This cost, as I’ve told you before, is usually a part of the FOB price.

You, as the buyer, however, will be responsible for shipping the items from loading to a destination in the Philippines.


EXW stands “Ex works” is often followed by the name of a place, i.e., EXW Shanghai.

In this case, it means that the supplier is only responsible for availing the goods at a warehouse in Shanghai.

From thereon, you will take over the costs of transportation from Shanghai to loading port and finally to Manila.

Generally, buying EXW means that you will take care of all costs of shipping from Shanghai to the Philippines.


FCA which stands for “free carrier” means that the seller will only avail the goods at a named carrier.

From thereon, all costs and risks pass on to you, the buyer.

These are the three terms that BanSar recommends you use when buying from Alibaba.

How Bansar help your shipping from China to Philippines.

BanSar, will help you in every aspect whenever you’re shipping from China to Philippines.

At BanSar, our knowledge of the Filipino market is quite extensive.

Every year, we ship over 6000 TEUs from China to the Philippines.

We ship all kinds of products from furniture, floor mats among other goods.

With BanSar, you won’t need to hasten the importation process for fear of missing shipping space.


Our cooperation with major carriers and players in the market guarantees us a lot of things.

From enough shipping space to discounted shipping prices and more.

Besides, when shipping with BanSar, you don’t even need to bother with documentation.

We will take care of all the paperwork as well as do quick customs clearance for you, in the Philippines.

Our costs? Not much.

We are very competitive with our prices.

Want to know more about our service or shipping from Alibaba to the Philippines?

Feel free to drop a comment below.

You can also contact us through email or phone call.

Otherwise, good luck with your venture.

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