18 trade regulatory agencies to join TradeNet this month

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  • 18 trade regulatory government agencies will get on board TradeNet by end of Aug
  • Goal is to have a total of 76 TRGAs join the system
  • The Bureau of Customs earlier said four TRGAs already accept online application through TradeNet, in addition to four others using the system since last year
  • TradeNet is a platform for the automated and integrated licensing, permit, clearance and certification system for TRGAs
  • It aims to simplify import and export documentary processes covering an initial 7,400 regulated products

Eighteen trade regulatory government agencies (TRGA) will get onboard TradeNet by the end of the month, according to the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA).

A separate statement on the TradeNet website said the 18 TRGAs are far along in the onboarding process and have committed to meeting timelines to ensure their participation in the platform.

ARTA director general Jeremiah Belgica, who recently accepted his nomination to chair the technical working group (TWG) on onboarding TRGAs to TradeNet, said the goal is to have all 76 TRGAs join the system.

ARTA, the vice chair for NSW Onboarding Matters, noted in a statement that all 76 TRGAs are mandated to onboard with the TradeNet in accordance with the Ease of Doing Business and ARTA (EODB-ARTA) Advisory Council’s Resolution No. 12 and ARTA’s Memorandum Circular (MC) 2021-01 (Guidelines on the Mandatory Onboarding of Trade Regulatory Government Agencies).

ARTA MC 2021-01 mandates TRGAs to be part of TradeNet within 10 weeks from the issuance of the MC and after receiving a letter-request to onboard that was signed by ARTA, Department of Finance, Bureau of Customs (BOC), and Department of Trade and Industry.

Early this month, BOC said the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards, Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority, Sugar Regulatory Administration, and Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau are now accepting online applications for the issuance of import and export permits through TradeNet.

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The four TRGAs are joining four other agencies already using the system since 2020: the Biodiversity Management Bureau, National Tobacco Administration, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and BOC.

TradeNet is a platform for the automated and integrated licensing, permit, clearance, and certification system for TRGAs. It aims to connect all regulatory government agencies to make trade facilitation processes interoperable and efficient.

TradeNet serves as the country’s NSW, the platform required to connect to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Single Window (ASW), a regional initiative to speed up cargo clearance and promote regional economic integration by enabling the electronic exchange of border documents among the 10 ASEAN member states.

TradeNet replaces the NSW Phase 1, which is currently operated by BOC, launched in 2010 and deployed in 2011. In 2017, the NSW Steering Committee issued a resolution to adopt TradeNet as the new NSW.

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

BOC earlier encouraged stakeholders to apply for their permits online using TradeNet at tradenet.gov.ph.

The step-by-step process for applying for a TradeNet account may be found at http://info.tradenet.gov.ph.

The TradeNet User Access Form may also be found in the Frequently Asked Questions Section of the BOC Customer Care Portal by using the link https://client.customs.gov.ph.