Outline of the system
New chemicals are those industrial chemicals not listed under the Philippine Inventory of Chemicals and Chemical Substances that needs to secure Pre-Manufacture, Pre-Importation Notification Compliance Certificate (importing greater than 1,000 kg/year) or Small Quantity Importation Clearance (importing less than 1,000 kg/year). There are two forms of PMPIN Compliance Certificate (a) PMPIN Abbreviated and (b) PMPIN Detailed. Abbreviated forms refers to new chemicals that are manufactured or included in the inventory of USA, EU, Australia, Canada, Japan or Korea and Detailed form refers to chemicals manufactured or imported from other counties not mentioned. The applicant must apply under the Online Permitting and Monitoring System (OPMS) or link found at http://www.emb.gov.ph/. Importation of new chemicals that meet the criteria of Polymers and Polymer of Low Concern can be granted exemption from the PMPIN process.
All chemicals not listed under the Philippine Inventory of Chemicals and Chemical Substances.
Nature of licensing
If Automatic, administrative purpose
If Non-Automatic, description of the notified Non-Automatic Licensing regime
Non-Automatic licensing to protect human, animal or plant life and health; protect environment
Products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports
Importation of chemical and chemical substances not listed under the PICCS does not restrict the quantity or value of import.
Questions for products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports
The system applies to products originating from which country?
The permit system applies to chemicals and chemical substances coming from all countries.
Expected duration of licensing procedure
Is the licensing statutorily required?
Licensing procedures on the PMPIN were cited at DENR Administrative Order No. 29, “Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 6969.
Does the legislation leave designation of products to be subject to licensing to administrative discretion?
Is it possible for the government to abolish the system without legislative approval?
Eligibility of applicants
Is there a system of registration of persons or firms permitted to engage in importation?
What persons or firms are eligible to apply for a licence?
All industries that are importing or manufacturing chemicals that are not listed under the PICCS are required to secure a PMPIN Compliance Certificate, unless qualified to apply under a Polymer Exemption or Small Quantity Importation Clearance.
Is there a registration fee?
Is there a published list of authorized importers?
Contact point for information on eligibility
Environmental Quality Management Division- Chemical Management Section
AQMTC Building DENR Compound Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Submission of an application
Administrative body(ies) for submission of an application
Ministry/authority and Department: Environmental Management Bureau Central Office
Address: AQMTC Building DENR Compound Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone: (+632) 89283752
What information is required in applications?
Company name, company address, contact person, contact number, chemical name, trade name, CAS number, volume and chemical use. Other requirements that needs to be submitted by the applicant for PMPIN Compliance Certificate, Small Quantity Importation Clearance, or Polymer Exemption are the following:
a) Notarized and completed Abbreviated or Detailed Form (for PMPIN), Polymer Exemption Form (for Polymer Exemption);
b) Safety Data Sheet / SDS for polymer alone or the mi mixture/product where chemical is part of the ingredients;
c) 100% composition of Polymer including CAS numbers of monomers and other reactants (for Polymer Exemption);
d) Request for Confidential Business Information (if applicable);
e) Complete information of SDS;
f) For sufficiency of submitted SDS, information giving more focus on:
i) Physical and Chemical properties
ii) Toxicological information
iii) Ecological information;
g) For detailed application, laboratory reports for the following information are required:
i) Physical and chemical properties
ii) Toxicological information
iii) Ecological information.
What documents is the importer required to supply with the application?
Window of submission of an application
How far in advance of importation must application for a licence be made?
The time allowed for submitting applications for a PMPIN Compliance Certificate Abbreviated Form is 90 working days and a Detailed Form is 120 working days prior to the importation. For Polymer Exemption and Small Quantity Importation Clearance, they are allowed 20 working days.
Are there any limitations as to the period of the year during which application for licence can be made? If so, explain
Application is done online thus the applicant can apply any time of the day for a PMPIN Compliance Certificate and Small Quantity Importation Clearance. However, processing days of an application are counted based on the working days of the EMB. While for Polymer Exemption which is applied manually, it can be applied at the EMB Central Office during Monday to Friday within the working hour period.
Issuing the license
Can a licence be granted immediately on request?
Submission of complete documentary requirements of an applicant may result in immediate approval of the PMPIN Compliance Certificate, Small Quantity Importation Clearance or Polymer Exemption.
Can licences be obtained within a shorter time-limit or for goods arriving at the port without a licence
Which administrative body is responsible for approving application of licences?
Yes, only a single administrative organ.
Must the applications be passed on to other organs for visa, note or approval?
Are there any other conditions attached to the issue of a licence?
The PMPIN Compliance Certificate, Small Quantity Importation Clearance and Polymer Exemption have terms and conditions that an applicant must comply with.
Fees and other administrative charges
Is there any licensing fee or administrative charge?
What is the amount of the fee or charge?
The payment of PHP 2,600.00 for a PMPIN Abbreviated Form and PHP 4,500 per PMPIN Detailed Form, documentary stamp of PHP 30.00 and legal research fee of PHP 10.00.
Is there any deposit or advance payment required associated with the issue of licences?
No deposit or advance payment accepted for applications.
Amount or rate?
Is it refundable?
What is the period of retention?
What is the purpose of this requirement?
Refusal of an application
Under what circumstances may an application for a licence be refused other than failure to meet the ordinary criteria?
Application for the PMPIN Compliance Certificate, Small Quantity Importation Clearance, or Polymer Exemption may be refused if the applicant does not submit the complete documentary requirements.
Are the reasons for any refusal given to applicants?
Have applicants a right of appeal in the event of refusal to issue a licence?
If so, to what bodies and under what procedures?
Are there any limitations as to the period of year during which importation may be made?
What documents are required upon actual importation?
The approved PMPIN Compliance Certificate, Small Quantity Importation Clearance or Polymer Exemption is required for the actual importation of the chemical or chemical substances prior to it release by the Bureau of Customs.
Are there any other administrative procedures, apart from import licensing and similar administrative procedures, required prior to importation?
Conditions of licensing
What is the period of validity of a licence? Can the validity be extended? How?
The PMPIN Compliance Certificate or Polymer Exemption has no validity period. However, the applicant is required to submit a Notice of Commencement one month after the arrival of the first shipment, applicable for importers who have applied under the PMPIN Compliance Certificate. Small Quantity Importation Clearance has a one-year validity.
Is there any penalty for the non-utilization of a licence or a portion of a licence?
Are licences transferable between importers? If so, are any limitations or conditions attached to such transfer?
Is foreign exchange automatically provided by the banking authorities for goods to be imported?
Is a licence required as a condition to obtaining foreign exchange?
Is foreign exchange always available to cover licences issued?
What formalities must be fulfilled for obtaining the foreign exchange?