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Overview of the Construction and Mining Industry in the Philippines and How to Buy Equipment.

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The Philippines

The Philippines is a Southeast Asian archipelagic country located on the western side of the Pacific Ocean.

  • The Philippines has a population of 108.1 million.
  • Capital: Manila
  • Official Languages: Filipino and English
  • Total Area: 300,000 km²
  • Currency: Philippine peso (₱)


Economic Statistics of the Philippines

In terms of the largest economies, the Philippines ranks 32nd worldwide and 13th in Asia. As of 2019, the country had a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 376.8 billion USD and based on the sustained annual growth of 6.4% in the 2010-2019 period, it is a promising emerging market.

Economic Sector Divide

The Philippines is home to a diversified industrial sector. It is majorly dominated by the manufacturing and agribusiness sector. Among pharmaceuticals, electronics, and semiconductors, mining and mineral processing delivers a major contribution to the economy.

Statistically, the latest shares of economic sectors in the country are as follows:

  • Agriculture: 8.82%
  • Industry: 30.17%
  • Services: 61%

Trade Statistics

Here are the partner share statistics according to the World Bank’s latest trade data on the Philippines:

Main Import Partners

  • The United States 15.63%
  • Hong Kong, China 14.16%
  • Japan: 14.04%
  • China: 12.89%
  • Singapore: 6.27%

Main Export Partners

  • China 19.63%
  • Korea, Rep 10.00%
  • Japan 9.91%
  • The United States 7.21%
  • Thailand 6.91%

Industries of the Philippines

Mining Industry of the Philippines

The Philippines holds the 5th spot on the world’s most mineralized countries list. Its mineral assets are projected at a whopping 1.32 Trillion US dollars. These assets, though unexploited, speak to the tremendous mining industry potential of the country. Still, the mining sector only contributes 0.65% to the GDP and 6.7% to the exports.

Currently, there are 44 mining and 64 non-metallic mining companies in operation and the Philippines’ government plans to increase these numbers for further economic growth. Thus, undoubtedly, the country is a great market for construction and mining equipment and we at Camamach, have got you covered with the latest high-quality mining equipment.

Construction Industry of the Philippines

The construction industry of the Philippines accounts for 15% of the industrial sector and 9.7% of the GDP expenditure. As of 2020, hundred construction projects were approved by the public sector and the industry is expected to play a key role in recovering the economy from Covid-19. With 8.3% projected annual growth rate, the industry will contribute $75.1 billion to the economy in 2024.

The statistics reveal that the market is ripe for the construction equipment business. If you are looking to exploit such potential, Camamach is the perfect choice for your construction equipment needs.

Seaports and Trading Hubs of the Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelagic country accessible through the sea. The top 5 seaports for international trade are:

  • Port of Manila
  • Port of Cebu
  • Batangas International Port
  • Port of Subic
  • Port of Cagayan de Oro


Port of Philippines


For goods import, Camamach uses the largest port of Manila.

What heavy machinery or equipment does the Philippines Import?

The Philippines imports a considerable amount of equipment for the construction and mining industry. As for the third quarter of the previous decade, the manufacturing machinery and equipment had a 0.5% share in the GDP. Some of the imported equipment include Excavators, Backhoe Loaders, Bulldozers, Road Rollers, Dump Trucks, Terrain Cranes, etc.

What regulations are there on importing equipment to the Philippines?

Registering Process

Importing in the Philippines requires an Import Clearance Certificate from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, registration with the Bureau of Customs (BOC), and an account set up with Client Profile Registration System (CPRS).

Documents Required at Shipment

Businesses need to provide these documents when their equipment arrives:

  • Packing list
  • Bill of lading
  • Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Import Permit
  • Customs Import Declaration
  • Certificate of Product Registration by Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration for certain imports.

Tax on Imports

United Nation’s Standard International Trade Classification (SITC) is followed in the Philippines. For exact information on import tariffs imposed by the Philippines, you can visit their official web portal.

Why should the Philippines import equipment?

The Philippines has huge industrial potential that needs to be fully tapped if the country aims to meet economic goals. The need to import industrial equipment for the following reasons:

  • Availability - The local industry has limited capacity and some clients require equipment promptly.
  • High Equipment Cost- With much more competition and production costs domestically, the international market costs less to purchase equipment from.
  • Equipment Quality- While most international equipment suppliers have a good brand reputation and quality, some smaller domestic manufacturers can have variant equipment quality.


Where Can I Buy Equipment for the Philippines?

Camamach prides itself in stocking the highest quality construction and mining equipment. From long term product sustainability to ease of use and comfort, Camamach considers everything’s for its customer.

Camamach has been exporting equipment to clients in the Philippines. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatsApp us at +86-131-2037-9271 for a FREE quotation. We also ship worldwide; for other countries, check out our experience here.