Trade rules and procedures pose challenges for 73% of surveyed businesses in the Philippines, according to ITC interviews with over 1000 exporters and importers.The survey results offer the Philippine government to address non-tariff measures in the domestic business environment, based on detailed analysis of challenges across many sectors and markets. The report recommends strengthening the inter-agency National Committee on Trade Facilitation to align and sustain trade facilitation efforts. Priority should go to lowering firms’ expenses for conformity assessment requirements; streamlining customs clearance procedures; and streamlining procedures for export licenses, permits and certificates of origin.
Publication Date: 28 Mar. 2017