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4 more agencies join TradeNet

  • Four more trade regulatory government agencies (TRGAs) are now part of TradeNet, the country’s national single window system
  • Starting this month, TradeNet has accepted online applications for the issuance of import and export permits with the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards, Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority, Sugar Regulatory Administration, and the Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau
  • More TRGAs are expected to use TradeNet this year

Four more trade regulatory government agencies (TRGAs) are now part of TradeNet, the country’s national single window system (NSW), according to the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

BOC said TradeNet (www.tradenet.gov.ph) starting August began accepting online applications for the issuance of import and export permits with the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards, Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority, Sugar Regulatory Administration, and the Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau.

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

Other TRGAs are expected to start using TradeNet this year, BOC said in a statement.

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

TradeNet aims to simplify import and export documentary processes covering an initial 7,400 regulated products. The goal is for all the TRGAs across 18 government departments to be fully interconnected via TradeNet.

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

The step-by-step process on how to apply for a TradeNet account can be found at http://info.tradenet.gov.ph.

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

BOC said that as chair of the NSW technical working group, it is working closely with the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) on the mandatory onboarding of other TRGAs to TradeNet “to effectively implement trade facilitation in the country, promote whole-of-government approach, generate more investments, and improve ease of doing business.”

Last March 5, ARTA, the vice chair for NSW Onboarding Matters, issued Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2021-01, which provides guidelines for the mandatory onboarding of TRGAs to TradeNet.

READ: ARTA orders mandatory integration of regulatory agencies in TradeNet

ARTA MC 2021-01 mandates TRGAs to join TradeNet within 10 weeks from the issuance of MC 2021-01 and after receiving a letter-request to onboard that was signed by ARTA, DOF, BOC and Department of Trade and Industry.

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