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Asia and Near East

Philippines Trade-Related Assistance for Development (TRADE) Project

Donor: United States Agency for International Development

2013-2018

Challenge:

As the Government of the Philippines positions itself for greater integration in the global economy, pressures to meet commitments under the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint and to prepare for joining other free trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership requires targeted policy and institutional reform. 

What we're doing:

CARANA, as a co-implementer, leads the project’s trade facilitation component, providing overall support for the government’s compliance with trade facilitation protocols that are essential elements of the above trade agreements, the World Customs Organization’s Revised Kyoto Convention, and the Philippine-U.S. Trade Facilitation Protocol.

Under TRADE, CARANA has initiated a multi-sectoral line-by-line gap analysis of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and drafted necessary revisions to address the identified gaps, initiated government discussions toward crafting the framework for a National Trade Repository, worked with the Bureau of Customs to formulate a Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) to establish an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Program that streamlines customs clearance processes for reliable importers, and organized multiple roundtable discussions on the CMTA and Trade Transactions Process Analysis. CARANA has also worked extensively to support full implementation of the Philippines’ National Single Window and its links to the ASEAN Single Window to facilitate trade through the electronic exchange of cargo clearance data. This involves coordination of dozens of government agencies (each with its own set of processes, requirements, and documentation) process mapping and integration/harmonization, as well as IT integration.