Philippines is a big islands nation that located in the East of SouthEast Asia. According to statistics, the Philippines is the 17th largest import country in the world, with an output of 9.1 million tons in 2018. This proves, the steel consumption in the Philippines is quite high.
The reason for this is due to the geography of the Philippines. The Philippines is an archipelago located in the unstable crust area, frequent earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons.
Each time a disaster occurs, the construction works in this country are also difficult to sustain and often need to be rebuilt. It is for that reason that almost no investor dares to invest in building steel factories in this country.
Because there is no domestic production and often rebuilding constructions, the Philippines has to import steel almost to meet domestic demand.
According to the regulations of the Government of the Philippines, to be imported, products require a certificate of conformity to this country’s standards. The Philippines standard system is the PNS system, which is now mandatory for some steel products such as Galvanized, Pre-painted Galvanized, Galvanized pipes, tubes, etc.
Certificate for imported goods are issued by Bureau of Philippine Standards’ (BPS). Currently, the BPS implements two (2) Mandatory Product Certification Schemes: the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Licensing Scheme and the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) Certification Scheme. Products covered by the mandatory certification, whether locally manufactured or imported, are not allowed to be distributed in the Philippine market without the necessary PS or ICC marks.
The Philippines Standard Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark License is granted to either local or foreign manufacturer whose factory and product have successfully complied with the requirements of the PNS ISO 9001 and the relevant product standard/s, respectively. Meanwhile, the ICC Certificate is issued to an importer whose imported products have shown conformance to relevant standards through inspection, verification, and product testing by the BPS Recognized Testing Laboratories.
The Philippines Standard Quality registration process is similar to the product certification process of other countries, including the stages from submission, application evaluation, factory inspection, sample test and certification approval.
In addition, ICC Certificate is issued for each shipment and is done by the importer in order to certify the compliance with the standards of goods prepared to be imported into the Philippines.
To know more about Philippines Standards Certificate, please feel free to contact us at:
Ms Lan – Juridical Manager of MRS Steel