Developing supply chains in the Philippines to foster trade excellence

19 June 2023
ITC News

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and various Philippine Trade Regulatory Government Agencies (TRGAs) participated in a series of national workshops held in Metro Manila during March 2023.

The workshops were aimed at equipping BOC and TRGAs with the knowledge and tools needed to develop new policies and procedures for trade facilitation in the Philippines, focusing on E-Commerce, Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), and Integrated Risk Management (IRM) programs.

More than 50 in-person participants and 100 online attendees from the BOC and RGAs attended the first workshop, Addressing Security Measures of the International Supply Chain through the AEO.

The workshop featured AEO experts from Indonesia, Moldova, and the European Union who shared their countries and experiences with the AEO program and discussed best practices in its implementation.

Participants found the workshop valuable and informative.

Also, more than 60 in-person and online attendees participated in the National Workshop on Advanced Principles of Supply Chain Management: Developing Integrated Policy Measures for the E-Commerce, IRM, and AEO Programs of the Bureau of Customs.

Speakers from government agencies shared their valuable insights on inter-agency cooperation in implementing e-commerce policies, including a session on Digital Risk Management in the Context of Supply Chain Management.

The workshop also featured an entire panel of female senior officials at the Director, Chief, and Deputy Commissioner levels that spoke about inter-agency cooperation in implementing e-commerce policies.

This proved to be an opportunity for the BOC and TRGAs to learn from international experts and develop new policies and procedures that will help facilitate trade in the Philippines, ultimately contributing to the country’s economic growth and poverty reduction efforts.

About the Project

The workshops were organized through the ARISE Plus Philippines project, which is enabling Philippine exporters to take advantage of European Union (EU) market access and the trade privileges granted under the Generalized System of Preference (GSP+). It supports the overall EU-Philippines trade relationship and trade-related policies.

ARISE Plus Philippines is a project of the Government of the Philippines, with the Department of Trade and Industry as lead partner together with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, Bureau of Customs, the Department of Science and Technology, as well as the private sector. It is funded by the EU, with the International Trade Centre (ITC) as the technical agency for the project.