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Phl join­ing Asean Sin­gle Win­dow plat­form by year-end

- By MARY GRACE PADIN United Nations · Philippines · Cambodia · Myanmar · Laos · ASEAN · New South Wales · Carlos Dominguez · Indonesia · Malaysia · Singapore · Thailand · Vietnam · Brunei Darussalam · United States of America · Australia · New Zealand · U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

The Philip­pines is ex­pected to join by the end of the year an in­te­grated on­line plat­form which seeks to ease trade and cus­toms pro­cesses within the South­east Asian re­gion, the Depart­ment of Fi­nance (DOF) said over the week­end.

Ac­cord­ing to Fi­nance Un- der­sec­re­tary and anti-red tape czar Gil Bel­tran, the Philip­pines, along with Cam­bo­dia, Myan­mar and Laos are plan­ning to con­nect with the ASEAN Sin­gle Win­dow (ASW) plat­form this year, which will en­able them to ex­change cus­toms and other trade re­lated doc­u­ments with other coun­tries in the re­gion.

He said the Philip­pines will join the ASW via its Na­tional Sin­gle Win­dow (NSW) called the TradeNet, which will fa­cil­i­tate the on­line pro­cess­ing of per­mits, li­censes and other clear­ances for the ex­port and im­port of goods.

“Once the ASW is stream­lined and used across ASEAN, busi­nesses will ben­e­fit through lower trans­ac­tion costs and less time to ex­port their goods to coun­tries within the re­gion,” Bel­tran said in a re­port to Fi­nance Sec­re­tary Car­los Dominguez. “Lower trans­ac­tion costs will, in turn, en­hance ASEAN’s trade com­pet­i­tive­ness.” Ac­cord­ing to Bel­tran, ASEAN mem­ber-states, in­clud­ing In­done­sia, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land, Viet­nam and Brunei, are al­ready “live” on the ASW, and are ex­chang­ing over 460,000

cus­toms doc­u­ments an­nu­ally at only 10 per­cent of the usual cost to traders.

Bel­tran said ad­di­tional doc­u­ments, such as the san­i­tary and phy­tosan­i­tary cer­tifi­cates, an­i­mal health cer­tifi­cates, self­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of prod­uct ori­gin, and ship­ping doc­u­ments, are ex­pected to be ex­changed within the ASW start­ing next year.

He said the US, Aus­tralia and New Zealand will also pro­vide tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to ASEAN to en­sure that its mem­bers take full ad­van­tage of the ASW by 2020.

Ear­lier, the DOF’s In­ter­A­gency Busi­ness Process In­ter­op­er­abil­ity (IABPI) Team said the Philip­pines is tar­get­ing to join the ASW through the TradeNet by Novem­ber this year.

TradeNet was es­tab­lished to en­able traders to ap­ply for their per­mits on­line, and al­low reg­u­la­tory agen­cies to re­ceive ap­pli­ca­tions and send feed­back in real-time.

The Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion’s goal is to have all 75 trade reg­u­la­tory gov­ern­ment agen­cies across 18 gov­ern­ment de­part­ments fully in­ter­con­nected via this plat­form.

Bel­tran ear­lier said TradeNet has al­ready started pro­cess­ing per­mits for the im­por­ta­tion and ex­por­ta­tion of dan­ger­ous drugs, con­trolled pre­cur­sors and con­trolled chem­i­cals un­der the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA).

He said it is also ex­pected to stream­line the ap­pli­ca­tion for the elec­tronic Cer­tifi­cates of Ori­gin (e-COs) from mem­bers of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN).

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