Category Archives: Other Export News

$49 billion unrealized export potential in the Philippines

The Philippines currently has $49 billion of unrealized export potential according to the International Trade Centre‘s (ITC) Export Potential Assessment (EPA) report. This is out of the $107 billion total export potential of the Philippines in the products covered by the study,

The top market where the Philippines has the largest export potential (EP) is East Asia with $54 billion followed by North America, ASEAN, and the EU.

The top sector is machinery and electronic equipment which covers almost 75% of export potential. The other top sectors are manufactured products, horticulture, minerals, metals, and other products. Continue reading $49 billion unrealized export potential in the Philippines

Reengineering Manual towards efficient Philippine government public service launched

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) virtually launched the Reengineering Manual towards Efficient Philippine government services. A reference that supports the whole-of-government approach in streamlining Philippine government systems and procedures in delivering public services. This initiative is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding between the UK Government and ARTA signed last 4 February 2020.
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The Global Islamic Economy adapts to the new normal

The Global Islamic economy adapts to the new normal in the global market, which involves Halal food, modest fashion, media & recreation, Muslim-friendly travel, Halal pharmaceuticals, Halal cosmetics, and Islamic finance.

The Halal food industry continues to grow even if the meat supply chain has been disrupted by the pandemic. Consumers were exposed to the consumption of alternatives to animal protein (e.g., plant-based burgers). Halal cosmetics were also affected, but the industry remains resilient and adapted to the trend in the new normal, which created the opportunity for new product lines such as hand and face creams and sanitizers. Continue reading The Global Islamic Economy adapts to the new normal

Free Pesticide Residue Analysis test for agricultural export products reinstated by DA

Secretary of Agriculture William Dar directed the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and its satellite laboratories to reinstated the free Pesticide Residue Analysis (PRA) tests to duly accredited exporters and farmers in order to boost the country’s agricultural exports.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) released Administrative Order No. 11, discontinuing the charging of fees for all fresh and primary processed fruits and vegetables for export. This came about as the result of an appeal to the DA and BPI made by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT), and the Philippine Food Exporters (PHILFOODEX), led by EDC Vice Chair Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr. and EDC Agriculture Sector Representative Roberto Amores. Continue reading Free Pesticide Residue Analysis test for agricultural export products reinstated by DA

EDC re-grants accreditation of PHILEXPORT as the dominant export organization

The Export Development Council (EDC) re-grants Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc.’s (PHILEXPORT) accreditation as the dominant umbrella organization of Philippine exporters during its first ever virtual Joint Council and Executive Committee (EXCOM) Meeting via ZOOM.

It is notable that EDC is mandated by the Export Development Act (EDA) of 1994 to “accredit a single umbrella organization of exporters…to represent the export sector concerns and interests for three (3) years, after which the Council shall undertake a review of the accreditation prior to the granting/re-granting of the said accreditation.”

On Tuesday, 20 May 2020, EDC convened the Joint Council and EXCOM Meeting chaired by Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.  Aside from the approval of PHILEXPORT’s accreditation for another three (3) years (June 2020 – May 2023), a timely agenda including the Philippine Economic Stimulus Act (PESA) of 2020 presented by Cong. Stella Quimbo, the Board of Investment’s Industry Promotions Strategies and Initiatives presented by Usec. Ceferino Rodolfo, the Exporters’ Survey Results by the Export Marketing Bureau, the New Normal Export Road-map by the PHILEXPORT, and also the Framework for the review of Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022 with post pandemic purview were intently tackled.

The meeting was graced by the Council and EXCOM members from both the government and private sectors. All the members from government agencies were represented, namely the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Finance (DOF), Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and Department of Labor (DOLE). Also, representatives from the Office of the President (OP) were in attendance.

For the private sector members, representatives from Visayas and Mindanao, from agriculture, food, construction, garments and textile sectors, from PHILEXPORT, and from Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI) were also present. – KJDA 

Digital Design: innovative marketing strategies for Exporters

Exporters were encouraged by Canva Philippines to use the Canva app for graphic marketing design. Resource speakers from Canva Philippines lectured on graphic design basics and application of its design principles on how to strengthen brand style and social media presence. Canva is a free application useful to exporters in developing innovative marketing strategies to better connect with their customers locally and in the global market.

Said strategies were discussed during the recent information session on Philippine Export Competitiveness Program (PECP) held last 30 January 2020 organized by the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). PECP is a regular monthly forum organized by EMB to boost the competitiveness stance of domestic manufacturers and exports through seminars, information sessions, and activities that give them insights on productivity, innovation, and updates on export trends.

For further inquiries, you may contact Canva Philippines through email at or thru mobile no. +63 9453.228296. For more updates on PECP seminars, training and info-session you may contact email thru or at telephone no. (02) 8465.3300 local 107.-MGL

Exporters to benefit from Tradeline Philippines

Tradeline Philippines is a platform beneficial to exporters for it is an integrated export information system that provides regular trade statistics reports, market and product information, supplier and buyer databases, online business matching with foreign buyers and other trade-related information through the web. Exporters are encouraged to register and update company profile thru

Tradeline Philippines is the business intelligence platform of the Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) that aims to provide timely and relevant information and assistance to existing and potential exporters to enhance their capabilities and competitiveness as suppliers of quality goods and services to global markets.

For further inquiries please call EMB-Knowledge Process Division through telephone no. 465.3300 local 105 or email at –MGL

Digital transformation highlighted in this year’s National Export Congress

“Driving Exports Through Digital Transformation” was this years’ theme for the annual National Export Congress which was successfully conducted last 06 December 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center. The theme focused on technology and innovation initiatives to grow exports and promote collaboration between and among the government, industry and academe as a critical element in improving the country’s economy.

The Congress tackled timely and relevant issues on what policies can the government develop to cope up with the demand and rigors of converting the country’s international trade agenda into the digital era.  It also tackled how businesses, especially the export sector, could equip themselves and properly respond to the fast-changing technological revolution that is dominating and shaping today’s global trade.

DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, in his keynote speech, revealed that the department has called for a P25 billion to P30 billion budget for the export sector over a three-year period as government moves to provide all-out support for the export sector through incentives under the Strategic Investment Priorities Plan (SIPP), implementation of standards and safeguard measures to strengthen domestic manufacturing, reduced trade barriers, and fund mobilization, including soft loans. The Trade Chief added that such a move will not only bolster the country’s economic growth but will address our trade deficit, generate more jobs and employment and income opportunities for Filipinos.

On the other hand, PHILEXPORT President, Mr. Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis, Jr, emphasized the need for the country’s MSMEs to level up their operations and improve their business processes and efficiencies as the economy moves towards emerging opportunities in the age of digitalization.

Moreover, the NEC also gave due recognition and acknowledgment to twenty-one (21) Top Filipino exporters of 2018. They were given recognition based on their track record, excellence and innovation in the delivery of goods and services. Their fortitude and determination to achieve success in producing globally competitive products has greatly contributed to the country’s export revenue.

The awards were presented and handed out by DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, PHILEXPORT President Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman, and DTI-EMB Director, Senen M. Perlada.

The NEC is the culminating event of the National Exporters Week (NEW). Every first week of December is the annual celebration of the NEW per Presidential Proclamation No. 9931, s. 1996 and House Resolution No. 33. It highlights the government and private sectors’ commitment to continuously work together to sustain export promotion and development.-GTM

2019 National Export Congress: SAVE THE DATE

The Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB), Export Development Council (EDC) and the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) cordially invites all exporters, Small and Medium Enterprises, Academe, International Organizations and relevant stakeholders  to  save the date and participate in this year’s National Export Congress (NEC) 2019 on 06 December 2019, 8:00 -4:00 PM at the Philippine International Convention Center, CCP Complex, Pasay City, with the theme “DRIVING EXPORTS THROUGH DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION”.

The Congress will showcase how the government will address the challenges brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and how the private sector and businesses, specifically the export sector will respond to such challenges to meet their global market demands using digital tools. –GTM

Exporters continue to benefit travel tax exemption thru EO 589

The Export Development Council (EDC) in partnership with the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) continuously supports Philippine Exporters by giving travel tax exemption incentives through Executive Order (EO) 589 for the past 12 years.

Said EO only exempts exporters joining international trade fairs, exhibitions, selling missions, conferences, trade negotiations, seminars and other promotion activities, from paying the travel tax amounting to Php 1,620 for economy class and Php 2,700 for business class.

Since 2007,  EDC has endorsed 13,174 Travel Tax Exemptions (TTEs) applications to TIEZA which issues the exemption certificates. From the total TTEs issued 87% are for joining international trade fairs, 10% for outbound business and selling missions and  3%  for other participation i.e. conferences, seminars and promotions activities.

Exporters are still encouraged to avail of this government support.  The TTE application form can be downloaded at

For other concerns and information on tax exemptions not covered by EO 589, you may call TIEZA at telephone numbers 249.5900 locals 641/646/643.- MGL