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Trade facilitation and documentation – Philexport R3 manages the One Stop Export Documentation Centers (OSEDCs) located at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority in Olongapo and at the Bataan Export Zone in Mariveles. Export documents are processed in these areas and specifically, Philexport-OSEDC's issue Authority to Load and Special Permit to Load. OSEDCs in Central Luzon are the only ISO 9000:2001 Certified facility of its kind in the country.

Conduct of Specialized Training courses and workshop in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) R3 and other affiliate associations like the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines in Pampanga, to wi:

  • Trends and Updates for product sectors, Basic of Exporting, Visual Merchandising courses.
  • Engaging foreign consultants to special projects: i.e. Upholstery Making projects thru The Netherlands Mgmt. Cooperation Program (NMPC) now PUM.

Use of the Common Custom Bonded Warehouse (CCBW) in Manila for imported raw materials, inputs and packaging for re-export as finished goods.


Basic Promotion Services like Trade Fairs Participation and Missions: to wit,

  • Likha ng Central Luzon Trade Fair in collaboration with the DTI R3
  • International Furniture and Furnishings Fair in Singapore
  • Endorsements to trade fairs like the CITEM Show
  • PEMAPI mission to Vietnam
  • Trade Missions to important industry related foreign exhibitions.

Business Matching and referrals on raw materials needs and services between and among the members through information dissemination and networking with possible business partners. Such includes referrals with foreign buyers and/or investors.

Policy Advocacy – As the recognized voice of the export industry, Philexport R3 advocates for the creation of a conducive export environment in the region. This is done in close coordination with the Export Development Council and the Department of Trade and Industry R3.

CPRS

The Client Profile Registration Sys tem (CPRS) is one of the Internet-enabled applications being developed under the e2m-Customs Project that facilitates an automated process of accreditation or registration including renewal and/or amendments of all BOC stakeholders by appropriate accrediting offices. Various transactions with the Bureau cannot be processed unless the client is duly registered with the CPRS.

The e2m-Customs systems that will be relying on the CPRS database in validating every client transaction are the Electronic Manifest Sys tem, Informal Entry Sys tem, Automated Bonds Management Sys tem, Automated Export Documentation System, Warehousing Entry Sys tem, Transshipment Sys tem, Online Release Sys tem, Licensing and Clearance Sys tem, Hold and Alert Sys tem and the Selectivity System.

Travel Tax Exemption

Subject

Pursuant to Section 2 of R.A. 7844, otherwise known as the Export Development Act of 1994, the State shall evolve export development into a national policy. In relation thereto, the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) identifies the participation in international trade fairs, exhibitions, outbound business matching and selling missions as export promotion strategies, in view of which E.O. 589 was executed, exempting exporters joining international trade fairs, exhibitions, selling missions, among others from paying travel tax. In regard thereto, this Implementing Rules and regulations is hereby issued.

Section 1. Declaration of Policy. - Recognizing that export is the lynchpin of the Philippine economy, it shall be the policy of the State to develop strategies that will promote exports of Philippine products and services to the global market.

Section 2. Designation of Agencies. - The Export Development Council (EDC) is hereby designated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to assist the Department of Tourism, particularly its attached agency, the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) in the monitoring, overseeing and supervision related to the implementation of Executive Order No. 589 and this Implementing Rules and Regulations.

Section 3. Coverage. - For the purpose of these rules and regulations, exporters shall be exempted from the payment of travel tax whenever they travel for any of the following purposes:

  • a.) Participation in outbound or offshore business matching and selling missions organized or duly endorsed by the Bureau of Export Trade Promotion (BETP) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI);
  • b.) Attendance in international trade fairs and exhibitions organized or duly endorsed by the Center for Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) of the DTI, the Export Development Council (EDC), or the accredited umbrella organization of exporters;
  • c.) Participation as official members of the Philippine delegation to trade negotiations and international conferences duly endorsed by the Bureau of International Trade Relations (BITR) of the DTI;
  • d.) Participation of agents or office representatives of buyers in promotion and marketing activities of Philippine export products in the international markets;
  • e.) Attendance in seminars pertaining to technology, productivity, and competitiveness enhancement duly endorsed by DTI; and
  • f.) Participation in international conferences relevant to international trade duly endorsed by the DTI.

Section 4. EDC Endorsement. - Request for availment of travel tax exemption and the processing and issuance of the appropriate certificates shall be endorsed by the EDC to the PTA upon the recommendation of the DTI, the heads of the Bureau of Export Trade Promotion (BETP), Center for Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Bureau of 2 International Trade Relations (BITR), and Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) as the EDC-accredited umbrella organization of exporters. In cases where the heads of the above agencies are unavailable, their Assistant Directors or Deputy Executive Directors, or in the case of PHILEXPORT, its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, shall sign in their behalf.

Section 5. Procedure for availment. – Following are the procedures for availment of Travel tax exemption for exporters:

  • a. Exporters secure a Recommendation for Travel Tax Exemption from the relevant organization such as the agencies mentioned in Section 4, or their nearest regional chapter. The form of the travel tax exemption can be downloaded online from http://tradelinephil.dti.gov.ph and shall contain the following information:
    • 1.) Exporter's name and organization or association
    • 2.) Exporter's passport number, issuance and expiry date
    • 3.) Purpose of travel (specific)
    • 4.) Destination (specific)
    • 5.) Expected date of travel (specific)
    • 6.) Name and Signature of Authorized Recommending Officer
    • 7.) Name and Signature of the EDC Approving Officer Attached with the form are copies of the exporters' identification pages of their passport for verification purposes, letter of invitation pertinent to travel and other documents that could warrant the validity of said travel.
  • b. The relevant organization evaluates and issues the Recommendation to the EDC Secretariat.
  • c. The EDC Secretariat endorses the Recommendation to the Revenue Department of the PTA duly signed by its Executive Director or in case of the latter's absence, its Deputy Executive Director, as approving officer.
  • d. The exporter or his/her authorized representative proceeds to the PTA to claim the Travel Tax Exemption Certificate (TTEC) which will be submitted to the carrier or its agent issuing the ticket. Exporters are also exempted from paying the processing fee of P200.oo for the TTEC as waived by the PTA.
  • e. The processing time for application of travel tax exemption and issuance of travel tax certificate shall not be more than two (2) working days.

Section 6. Limitations. -

  • (a) The availment of the exemption granted annually shall not exceed Twenty Million Pesos (P20M). The EDC shall monitor the availment / utilization of the Exemption.
  • (b) In cases wherein the exporter has already claimed the TTEC but for some reasons did not push through with the supposed travel, the unused TTEC shall be valid within the calendar year provided there is no change in destination as originally endorsed by the EDC.

If the TTEC will be used for travel to another destination, the PTA shall issue an endorsement that the TTEC is valid for travel to the new destination, subject to submission by EDC of a certification regarding change of destination. Both the TTEC and endorsement will be submitted to carrier or agency for issuance of the ticket.

Section 7. Effective Implementation. – For the Export Development Council to ensure that E.O. 589 is effectively carried out, a Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of the Export Development Council, the Department of Trade and Industry, particularly the Bureau of Export Trade Promotion, Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, Bureau of International Trade Relations, the Philippine Tourism Authority, and PHILEXPORT, is hereby created to review and approve changes in the procedure for availment under Section 5 of these Implementing Rules and Regulations. The TWG shall conduct a meeting twice every year to evaluate compliance thereto, and to suggest solutions to problems, if any, encountered thereon.

Section 8. Effectivity. – This IRR shall take effect immediately after its publication in two newspapers of general circulation.

APPLICATION FOR TRAVEL TAX EXEMPTION
  • TTE APPLICATION NO: _________(Series of 2007)
  • Date of Filing
  • Name of Exporter
  • Passport No.
  • Expiry Date
  • Company / Association
  • Destination
  • Purpose of Travel
  • Expected Date of Travel
  • Travel Classification:
    • Business/First Class
    • Economy Class
  • Signature of Exporter
  • Recommending Office
  • Signature of Recommending Head/Officer
  • EDC ACTION
    • Approved for Endorsement to PTA
    • Disapproved
  • Signature of EDC Approving Officer
APEC Business Travel Card

APEC BUSINESS TRAVEL CARD (ABTC) SCHEME

A. Benefits for cardholders

The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) cuts through red tape of business travel, and gives accredited business people a pre-cleared entry to participating APEC economies. Card holders enjoy:

  • pre-cleared short-term entry to participating economies (no need to individually apply for visas or entry permits each time you travel). For information about the period of stay allowed in each participating economy, see a summary at the website of the APEC Business Mobility Group at www.businessmobility.org/key/stay.html; and
  • multiple entry to economies that have granted approval through the ABTC pre-clearance system (cards are valid for three years)
Why the card was developed

The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) was developed in response to the need of business people to gain facilitated and streamlined entry to the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.

The Philippines takes pride in being one of the pioneers, along with Australia and Korea, of the ABTC scheme, which was conceived in 1996 in response to clamors for enhanced business mobility, including facilitated port entries and exits for bona fide business people in the APEC region.

At present, the Philippines is of one of the sixteen (16) members of the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) scheme. The other members include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, People's Republic of China, Peru, Singapore and Thailand.

Issued only to bona fide business persons, the ABTC works like a visa with a validity of three (3) years or upon the expiry date of the holder's passport. It provides each holder facilitated entry and exits through special APEC/ABTC lanes at major airports of these participating economies. An ABTC holder, however, is still required to carry his or her valid passport.

B. Who is eligible

If you want to apply for the card, you need to be a business person who:

  • holds a valid passport of a participating APEC economy;
  • travels frequently to conduct trade and investment activities within the APEC region; and
  • has never been convicted of criminal offense; and
  • qualifies to hold an ABTC in accordance with the eligibility criteria, as determined by ABTC-Philippines.
C. How to Apply

If you are a Philippine passport holder and wish to apply for an ABTC, you may coordinate with either of the following three (3) business organizations which will, consistent with their respective criteria and guidelines, endorse your application to ABTC Philippines:

    • Makati Business Club (MBC)
    • 2F, AIM Conference Center
    • Benavidez and Trasierra Streets
    • Legaspi Village, Makati City
    • Philippines
    • Telephone
    • Fax
    • Website
    • E-mail : (632) 751-1137/8
    • : (632) 750-7405/6
    • : www.mbc.com.ph
    • : mau.banaga@mbc.com.ph

    • Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)
    • 19F, Salcedo Towers, 169 H.V. de la Costa St.,
    • Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines
    • Telefax
    • Website
    • E-mail : (632) 844-1166
    • : www.philippinechamber.com
    • : santiago@philippinechamber.com

    • Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc (PHILEXPORT)
    • International Trade Center Complex
    • Roxas Boulevard corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
    • Pasay City, Philippines
    • Telephone
    • Telefax
    • Website
    • E-mail : (632) 833-7682
    • : (632) 831-2132
    • : www.philexport.ph
    • : efosedc@philexport.ph

Note: Endorsement of the above-listed business organizations does not automatically make the applicant eligible to hold an ABTC.

D. Procedure

The application, together with its supporting documents, may be filed either with the PCCI, MBC or PHILEXPORT. If the application and its supporting documents are found in order, it will be endorsed by the sponsoring business organizations to ABTC-Philippines (Visa Division-DFA). A processing fee is charged by PCCI, MBC or PHILEXPORT for ABTC applications.

ABTC-Philippines will conduct an evaluation and screening of the applications forwarded by the endorsing business organization to determine whether the applicant is eligible to apply for and hold an ABTC in accordance with the ABTC Operating Framework as agreed upon by all ABTC participating economies.

If the documentation is incomplete or the applicant is found not qualified and eligible to hold an ABTC, ABTC Philippines will refer the application back to the endorsing business organization.

E. Standard Documentary Requirements
  • ____Accomplished ABTC Application
  • ____Copy of passport(s) including pages with visa stamps/stickers and departure/arrival stamps proving that applicant is a frequent traveler within the APEC region
  • ____Bureau of Immigration and National Bureau of Immigration Certificates/Clearances
  • ____Certificate of Membership (MBC/PCCI/PHILEXPORT)
  • ____Resume/Curriculum Vitae (to include a statement of the basis/justification of the request for an ABTC)
  • ____Employment or Company Certificate (to include current position, duties and responsibilities within the company)
  • ____Company Profile (to specifically include):
    • (a) total capitalization
    • (b) organizational chart
    • (c) name(s), address(es) and telephone(s)/fax(es) and e-mail(s) of business partner(s) in the APEC region
    • (d) past and current business activity in the APEC region
    • (e) annual volume (in peso or dollar) of past and current transactions with business partners in APEC).
  • ___Other pertinent information to justify issuance of an ABTC:
Notes
  • Travel frequency within the APEC region at the time of application is taken to mean that the applicant regularly travels, at least three (3) times a year, within the territory of ABTC participating economies, for business, not for purely tourism, purposes.
  • ABTC-Philippines may limit the number of ABTC issuance for officials representing one company, depending on the company size, capitalization or type (e.g. family-owned.).
  • ABTC-Philippines reserves the right to require additional documents necessary to establish applicant's eligibility.
Further information
  • The ABTC-Philippines Desk
  • Visa Division, Office of Consular Affairs
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • DFA Building, 2330 Roxas Boulevard
  • Pasay City, Philippines
  • Telephone: (632) 834-4854
  • Fax: (632) 831-8971
  • Website: www.dfa.gov.ph
  • e-mail: visa@dfa.gov.ph

General information on APEC and travel within the APEC region may be obtained from:

  • the APEC Business Mobility Group website;
  • the APEC Secretariat website;
  • the APEC Travel Handbook which details visa and entry requirement for the region
F. Application form

You can download application form by clicking here (or use the fill-able form click here).

(Please print the document back to back on a colored printer with Legal size, 8.5 x 13 paper)

Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ) APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Scheme

What is the card?

The size of a credit card, the ABTC gives accredited business people streamlined entry to participating economies. This occurs through simple pre-clearance system that allows business people, through a single application, to obtain multiple short-term entry permits to these economies.

The card means an end to the time-consuming need to apply for visas or entry permits and an end to a long airport queues on entry/exit.

Card holders enjoy:
  • pre-cleared entry to participating APEC economies (no need to apply for visas or entry permits);
  • multiple short-term entry to these economies; cards are valid for three (3) years or the life of the holder's passport;
  • faster immigration processing on arrival; and
  • entry and exit through special APEC lanes at major airports
Who is eligible?

Business people who:

  • are passport holders of participating economies
  • travel regularly to conduct trade and investment activities in those economies
  • have not been convicted of criminal offense
  • qualify under the ABTC eligibility criteria as determined by ABTC Philippines

There are sixteen (16) participating economies of the ABTC scheme. These include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, People's Republic of China, the Philippines, Peru, Singapore and Thailand and Vietnam.

Each member maintains the right to determine who will enter its economy and to preserve existing conditions of entry.

The card does not replace a passport; cardholders will still need to carry their passports when they travel.

How to apply

If you are a Philippine passport holder, you may coordinate with either of the following three (3) business organizations which will, consistent with their respective criteria and guidelines; endorse your application to ABTC Philippines:

    • Makati Business Club (MBC)
    • 2F, AIM Conference Center
    • Benavidez and Trasierra Streets
    • Legaspi Village, Makati City
    • Philippines
    • Telephone: (632) 751-1137/8
    • Fax: (632) 750-7405/6
    • Website: www.mbc.com.ph
    • E-mail: mau.banaga@mbc.com.ph

    • Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)
    • 19F, Salcedo Towers, 169 H.V. de la Costa St.,
    • Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines
    • Telefax: (632) 844-1166
    • Website: www.philippinechamber.com
    • E-mail: santiago@philippinechamber.com

    • Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc (PHILEXPORT)
    • International Trade Center Complex
    • Roxas Boulevard corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
    • Pasay City, Philippines
    • Telephone: (632) 833-7682
    • Telefax: (632) 831-2132
    • Website: www.philexport.ph
    • Email: efosedc@philexport.ph

Note: Endorsement of the above-listed business organizations does not automatically make the applicant eligible to hold an ABTC.

Further information

  • The ABTC-Philippines Desk
  • Visa Division, Office of Consular Affairs
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • DFA Building, 2330 Roxas Boulevard
  • Pasay City, Philippines
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