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Philippine Exporters Prepare for EU’s New Carbon Border Rules

Exporters attended a session on the European Union’s (EU) new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), which charges for carbon emissions in the production of goods entering the EU, while also encouraging cleaner industrial production in non-EU countries.

CBAM experts emphasized discussions focused on how this regulation could impact the competitiveness of Philippine exports in the EU market, particularly for goods exports such as chemicals, plastics, steel, iron, aluminum, fertilizers, cement and similar materials.  Continue reading Philippine Exporters Prepare for EU’s New Carbon Border Rules

Philippines Shines with 5.7% GDP Growth: Exports and Key Sectors Lead the Surge

The Philippines’ latest gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 5.7% in the first quarter of 2024, led by gains in financial and insurance, wholesale and retail trade, and manufacturing sectors. The services sector rose by 6.9%, industry and agriculture, forestry, and fishing sectors by 5.1% and 0.4%, respectively.
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DTI Inks Tatak Pinoy Act IRR to Boost Filipino Products and Services Globally

On May 22, 2024, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual along with Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, the conceptualizer and author of the Act and other notable signatories signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for Republic Act No. 11981, also known as the Tatak Pinoy (Proudly Filipino) Act. This legislation aims to support and promote Filipino-made products and services globally.

The IRR provides a detailed framework outlining the roles and responsibilities of partnered industries. It focuses on key areas such as human resources, infrastructure, technology and innovation, investments, and sound financial management to ensure the act’s effective implementation.

The IRR was drafted by the DTI-Competitiveness and Innovation Group (DTI-CIG), led by Undersecretary Aldaba and Assistant Secretary Baluyut, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development-Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development (USAID-RESPOND), which provided technical support.

For more information on the Tatak Pinoy Act, please contact the Tatak Pinoy Council Interim Secretariat at TatakPinoy@dti.gov.ph. JVL

EDC and BOC Strengthen Collaboration to Streamline Customs and Boost Trade

The Export Development Council (EDC) has bolstered its collaboration with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and its consultative bodies, the Central Customs Industry Consultative and Advisory Council (CICAC) and BOC – Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) CICAC, to streamline customs processes and enhance partnerships between the government and private stakeholders. CICAC acts as a bridge between the BOC and the business-industrial sector, addressing customs and industry-related issues, promoting mutual understanding, and strengthening relationships. Continue reading EDC and BOC Strengthen Collaboration to Streamline Customs and Boost Trade

SBCorp Unveils Dynamic Loan Programs to Empower Filipino MSMEs and Boost Economic Growth

The Small Business Corporation (SBCorp), the financing arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), offers a variety of programs and services to support Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines. These programs include:
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Revitalizing Supply Chains: DTI’s Strategic Roadmap for a Thriving Philippines

Undersecretary Mary Jean Pacheco addressed the Logistics Summit 2024, outlining key Supply Chain and Logistics Issues in the Philippines, such as Infrastructure, Skills, Land, Sea, Air, and Digitalization. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) responded by launching initiatives to (1) Ensure accessible and affordable food, (2) Implement targeted interventions for priority industries, and (3) Foster industries meeting domestic demand.

To tackle food accessibility and affordability, DTI devised a Three-Year Food Logistics Action Agenda, endorsed in August 2023. This agenda focuses on optimizing food distribution, reducing transport costs, enhancing logistics infrastructure, and strengthening enforcement against malpractices. It also emphasizes leveraging ICT for efficiency.
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Introducing HOFFA: Revolutionizing Freight Forwarder Accreditation

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and its partnered agencies are advocating for the establishment of a unified accreditation system for air and sea freight forwarders, known as Harmonized Online Freight Forwarding Accreditation (HOFFA).

DTI Undersecretary Mary Jean Pacheco mentioned that 90% of the system has already been completed, with the remaining 10% focused on tasks like data migration and aligning reports.
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Philippine exports surpassed $100 Billion in 2023

The Philippines achieved a historic milestone in 2023 as the total exports of goods and services reached USD 103.6 billion, marking a remarkable 4.8% increase from the recorded export performance of USD 98.83 billion in 2022. However, this falls short of $23.2 billion below the 2023 target outlined in the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP).

Director Bianca Pearl Sykimte of the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB), concurrent Executive Director of the Export Development Council (EDC), reported that the Agriculture and Agri-Based Exports sector reached 6.6%, surpassing the 2023 target of 5.1%. Similarly, the ambitious target for the Transport Products also demonstrated significant growth, breaching 5.4% in 2023, exceeding the expected target of 4.2%. Continue reading Philippine exports surpassed $100 Billion in 2023

ARISE Plus Philippines spearheads AEO program optimization for Bureau of Customs readiness

ARISE Plus Philippines led the workshop on optimizing the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Program for Bureau of Customs Readiness, focusing on advanced supply chain and logistics principles to raise awareness among economic operators.

The workshop comprised six sessions explaining how the AEO program can serve as a Future Game Changer, highlighting its tangible benefits to companies. Coca-Cola Beverage Philippines Inc. (CCBPI) and Toyota Motors Philippines (TMP) shared their experiences with the AEO program. Topics covered included support for Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs), the use of modern technologies to bolster the AEO, the AEO Scheme for SMEs, and initiatives such as green customs and digitalization. Continue reading ARISE Plus Philippines spearheads AEO program optimization for Bureau of Customs readiness