Process, requirements for importing wood products streamlined

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has issued new regulations governing the entry and disposition of imported wood products, providing streamlined procedures and requirements for importing these goods.

Luimyla Valente-Peña, senior forest management specialist at DENR Forest Management Bureau, said DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2021-06 repeals previous regulations pertaining to shipments of these products.

Valente-Peña said the new policy specified the Asean Harmonized Nomenclature (AHTN) Code for regulated commodities for importation, updated registration requirements and transport documents, and fees and bonds, and included additional ports of entry for imported wood products.

“Now, we (have) adapted the AHTN Code and it is published by the Tariff Commission, it detailed there (products) to be regulated by the DENR… We included Subic Bay Port already, we (also) included North Harbor, Manila and then some in Mindanao,” she said in a webinar.

Valente-Peña said transport documents for imported wood products are authority to import/certificate of registration, sanitary and phytosanitary import clearance (SPSIC) or plant quarantine quarantine service certificate issued by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and/or phytosanitary certificate.

Others include import entry and internal revenue declaration, commercial invoice, bill of lading, packing list, and Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) import permit if applicable, she said.

Valente-Peña added the red ribbon authentication, the apostille, and the log supply contract with foreign exporters are no longer required.

She said registration requirements are the authenticated copy of registration, electronic copy of purchase order, and list of specific species of wood and its specific names if it belongs to AHTN Code No. 44.03 and 44.07.

Those who may import wood products are tenure holders, wood processing plant permit holders, and certificate of registration holders, she added.

Valente-Peña said the combined application and registration fee is P3,000, and a cash bond of P12,000.

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