Brandy, wine and whiskey are the most popular alcoholic beverages imported into the Philippines. During 2017, these three product subcategories accounted for well over four-fifths (85%) of all imported alcoholic drinks made available for Filipino consumers.
The overall value of Philippine alcohol imports more than doubled from US$65.8 million during 2013, expanding by 105.1% to $134.8 million worth of imported alcoholic beverages for 2017.
In contrast, exports of alcoholic beverages from the Philippines totaled $12.3 million in 2017. That dollar amount is less than one-tenth of the dollar value for the Philippine bill for alcoholic drinks that same year. Consider the gap between the Philippines’ exported and imported brandy: $4.5 million earned from brandy exports versus $57.1 million spent on brandy imports.
Top 10 Imported Alcoholic Drinks in the Philippines
Below are the 10 major types of alcoholic drinks that the Philippines bought from international sources during 2017, sorted by dollar value in ascending order. Shown with parenthesis is the percentage change in value bench-marked against amounts imported in 2013.
- Brandy: US$57.1 million (Up 164.1% since 2013)
- Non-sparkling wine: $37.6 million (Up 64.3%)
- Whiskey: $20 million (Up 66.6%)
- Beer: $6.8 million (Up 344.9%)
- Rum: $3.1 million (Up 22.6%)
- Liqueurs: $2.4 million (Down -19.8%)
- Cider and other alcoholic beverages: $2.2 million (Up 2,403%)
- Gin: $2.1 million (Up 341.8%)
- Sparkling wine: $1.9 million (Up 451.8%)
- Vodka: $1.5 million (Up 41%)
Finishing just behind these top 10 categories of booze was vermouth thanks to its $206,000 worth of imports into the Philippines in 2017.
Cider and other alcoholic beverages racked up the most intense growth in cost, up 2,403% from 2013 to 2017.
Four other types of imported alcohol posted triple-digit increases: sparkling wine (up 451.8%), beer (up 344.9%), gin (up 341.8%) then brandy (up 164.1%).
Supplier Countries for Philippine Imports of Alcoholic Beverages
Leading countries where Filipino importers source their alcohol purchases vary by beverage type. Almost three-quarters (72.5%) of brandy imports originated from Spain.
Almost four-fifths (78.4%) of wine imported into the Philippines came from the United States (31.5%), Australia (17.6%), Spain (12.2%), France (9.1%) and Chile (8%).
Most whiskey that Filipinos bought were from international suppliers the United Kingdom (51.2%) and Singapore (46.4%). Singapore also accounts for 41.6% of beer imported into the Philippines compared to 13.7% for Mexico and 8.9% for Vietnam.
The big two providers of imported rum were the United States (46.9%) and Guyana (35.8%). South Korea was the greatest source of gin. Singapore shipped the most vodka into the Philippines by value in 2017.
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on February 1, 2019
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 1, 2019
Wikipedia, List of countries by alcohol consumption per capita. Accessed on February 1, 2019