Animal and animal products, including animal feeds and feeds ingredients, veterinary drugs, and biological products


Basic information


Outline of the system

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 292 of 1987, the BAI is mandated to prescribe rules and regulations in the importation of livestock, poultry and their allied industries.


Product coverage

The importation of animal and animal products, including animal feeds and feed ingredients, veterinary drugs, and biological products require all accredited importers to apply for a Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Clearance (SPSIC). The SPSIC is a document issued prior to the importation of the following products:
a) Live animals (including small animals that are plant pests, except insects) – HS 01;
b) Meat and meat preparations – HS 02;
c) Dairy products (including eggs) – HS 04;
d) Products of animal origin (not suitable for human consumption) – HS 05 (except 05.08);
e) Animal feeds and feed ingredients – HS 23;
f) Veterinary Drugs – HS 29.41; HS 3002.30.00; HS 30.04; and
g) Biological products – HS 3002.90.00.

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

The licensing requirement is not intended to restrict the quantity or value of imports. It is instituted to ensure that the products being imported meet the standards to protect human, animal life or health, guarantee that the products are safe for consumers and to prevent the spread of pests or diseases of animals. At the moment, the BAI is not considering any alternative methods to achieve the purpose mentioned above.


Questions for products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports

For quota products: Not applicable


The system applies to products originating from which country?

The requirement applies to the above-mentioned goods originating from all countries or any country which the prospective importers may wish to source their importation.


Expected duration of licensing procedure


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?

Under the non-automatic licensing system, only importers who are registered and accredited with BAI and National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), for meat, shall be allowed to apply for the SPSIC.


Is there a registration fee?


Is there a published list of authorized importers?

Contact point for information on eligibility



Bureau of Animal Industry



Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City



(632)9200816 / (632)9282837 / (632)5282240




Contact officer

Submission of an application


Administrative body(ies) for submission of an application

Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI)

Documentation requirements


What information is required in applications?


What documents is the importer required to supply with the application?

The application form shall be accompanied with the following documentary requirements:

a) Pro-Forma invoice; and
b) Other documentary requirements as maybe deemed necessary, e.g. License to Operate (LTO) for feeds, veterinary drugs, and biological products.

Window of submission of an application


How far in advance of importation must application for a licence be made?

Application for the SPSIC must be filed online through the DA Trade System (DTS) at any given time prior to importation.


Are there any limitations as to the period of the year during which application for licence can be made? If so, explain

Applications may be filed on any working day of the year.

Issuing the license


Can a licence be granted immediately on request?

SPSIC cannot be granted immediately upon request, but it can be issued within 1-3 days.


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?

The processing and issuance of the SPSIC for animals and meat and meat preparations is administered by the National Veterinary Quarantine Services Division (NVQSD) of the BAI. The issuance of the SPSIC for animal feeds and feed ingredients, animal by-products including veterinary drugs and biological products is administered by the Animal Feeds Veterinary Drugs and Biologics Control Division (AFVDBCD). Both offices are located at Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.


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?

Not applicable.

Fees and other administrative charges


Is there any licensing fee or administrative charge?



What is the amount of the fee or charge?

For the issuance of the SPSIC – P200.00/issuance for animals and meat and meat preparations or P150.00/issuance for animal feeds and feed ingredients, animal by-products including veterinary drugs and biological products, and P55.00/application web processing fee.


Is there any deposit or advance payment required associated with the issue of licences?

There is no deposit or advance payment requirement associated with the issuance of the SPSIC.

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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?

If the denial of the application is based on incomplete application, the applicant-importer is given the opportunity to complete the requirements.


Are the reasons for any refusal given to applicants?

In the event that the application for SPSIC is denied by the Director of the BAI, the applicant/importer shall be informed accordingly online.


Have applicants a right of appeal in the event of refusal to issue a licence?


If so, to what bodies and under what procedures?

In case of failure to complete the requirements within a given period, the application shall be rejected and the applicant/importer has to apply for SPSIC again.



Are there any limitations as to the period of year during which importation may be made?


What documents are required upon actual importation?

The SPSIC is the sole document required for the importer to undertake importation.


Are there any other administrative procedures, apart from import licensing and similar administrative procedures, required prior to importation?

Not applicable.

Conditions of licensing


What is the period of validity of a licence? Can the validity be extended? How?

For the importation of live animals, meat, dairy products, eggs, feeds and feed ingredients, products of animal origin and veterinary drugs, the SPSIC must be utilized within 60 days from its issuance. For the importation of veterinary biological products, the SPSIC must be utilized within 90 days from its issuance. In case of failure to utilize the issued SPSICs within the prescribed period, the issued SPSICs will be considered expired and invalid.


Is there any penalty for the non-utilization of a licence or a portion of a licence?

There is no penalty for the non-utilization of the issued SPSIC.


Are licences transferable between importers? If so, are any limitations or conditions attached to such transfer?

Licenses are made in the name of the applicant-importer only and are non-transferable.

Foreign Exchange


Is foreign exchange automatically provided by the banking authorities for goods to be imported?

Not applicable.


Is a licence required as a condition to obtaining foreign exchange?

Not applicable.


Is foreign exchange always available to cover licences issued?

Not applicable.


What formalities must be fulfilled for obtaining the foreign exchange?

Not applicable.