PH goes live on ASEAN Single Window platform

Published January 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin


The Philippines has officially joined the live operations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Single Window (ASW), the Department of Finance (DOF) said.

Finance Undersecretary Gil S. Beltran said the Bureau of Customs along with its Export Coordination Division (ECD) and Export Divisions in three pilot ports are now issuing the electronic Certificate of Origin (eCO).

The ASW in the Philippines officially went online last December 30 using the country’s National Single Window (NSW), or the platform.

These pilot ports are the Port of Manila (POM), Manila International Container Port (MICP) and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Beltran said in a report to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III.

Beltran said the issuance of eCOs is in compliance with Customs Memorandum Order (MO) No. 15-2019 signed by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero last March and shall be done by the Philippines initially with Indonesia and Malaysia.

Beltran said going live on the ASW “lowers communication costs to as low as 10 percent of the original amount and encourages small enterprises to take advantage of preferential tariffs under ATIGA (ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement).”

During the meeting of the ASEAN Committee of the Whole, Beltran reported that the ASW Steering Committee will add three documents to be exchanged via the platform, including the e-Phyto-Sanitary Certificate, e-Animal Health Certificate and the e-ASEAN Customs Declaration Document (ACDD).

“The ASW Steering Committee will also develop a roadmap to enable dialogue partners to join and exchange trade documents online with the ten (10) ASEAN countries,” Beltran said in his report to Dominguez.

“It will also develop guidelines to handle cancellation or revision of documents exchanged and set Business Process Specifications (BPS) using the Common Header,” he added.

Beltran said the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) agreed to help disseminate information on these activities to the private sector.

The Philippines’ NSW, dubbed TRADENET, aims to facilitate online the processing of permits, licenses and other clearances for the export and import of goods across the region.

TRADENET will be connected and integrated to the NSWs of the other ASEAN members to expedite cargo clearance and promote regional integration.

The Philippines’ goal is to eventually have all 76 trade regulatory government agencies under 18 government departments fully interconnected, in sync with the Duterte administration’s thrust to further improve the ease of doing business in the country.

Beltran said TRADENET aims to simplify import and export documentary processes covering an initial 7,400 regulated products.