Northwest Horticultural Council
The Philippines Requires a Genetically Modified (GM) declaration for Apples
Current situation: A Genetically Modified (GM) declaration is now required for apples shipped to the Philippines. Under this requirement, importers complete and sign the declaration after the arrival of the shipment. The declaration states whether a shipment contains a GM product. Shippers are advised to communicate with their customers regarding this requirement.
Background: Since 2003, the Philippines has had a GM declaration requirement that predominately applied to bulk commodities. In July of 2021, the Philippines Bureau of Plant Industry expanded the GM declaration requirement to 35 commodities, including apples.