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:
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,
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
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:
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:
Section 6. Limitations. -
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
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:
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:
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:
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
General information on APEC and travel within the APEC region may be obtained from:
(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) SchemeWhat 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:
Business people who:
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:
Note: Endorsement of the above-listed business organizations does not automatically make the applicant eligible to hold an ABTC.