The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will start processing online special export permits of an initial six private firms under the government’s web-based trading platform TradeNet, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).
The six are Merck, Inc.; Unilab Inc.; Pasar Corporation; Roche Philippines, Inc.; Petron Corp.; and Coral Bay Nickel Corp., according to Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran.
Beltran said in his report to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III that PDEA will process online the approval and issuance of import and special export permits on dangerous drugs, controlled precursors and controlled chemicals.
“Under TradeNet, all issued permits by PDEA can be electronically accessed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC), which, in turn, can provide information back to PDEA on whether each permit was used or not,” Beltran said during a recent DOF executive committee meeting.
Beltran said the BOC needs to come out with customs memorandum orders (CMOs) necessary to “operationalize this utilization function for PDEA.”
These CMOs will cover the responsibilities of the BOC in accessing and utilizing the permits issued by the various agencies under TradeNet, Beltran said.
Earlier, the BOC issued a CMO operationalizing the issuance of electronic Certificates of Origin (e-CO). CMO 15-2019, signed on March 15, provides the guidelines for the application, submission, and processing of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) e-COs using TradeNet.
TradeNet (tradenet.gov.ph) is the government’s online platform for processing applications for import and export permits. Serving as the country’s national single window, the platform is required when connecting to the ASEAN Single Window (ASW).
TradeNet is expected to simplify import and export documentary processes covering an initial 7,400 regulated products, DOF noted.
Beltran said once TradeNet is fully operational, traders may apply online for import and export permits for commodities such as rice, sugar, used motor vehicles, chemicals (toluene), frozen meat, medicines (for humans, animals, or fish) and cured tobacco.
Trade regulatory agencies in the Philippines are required to connect to TradeNet to make the platform fully operational. The administration aims to eventually have all 76 trade regulatory government agencies across 18 government departments fully interconnected.
As of November 2018, 24 agencies have completely identified the tariff classification and codes for all their regulated commodities. These include the Bureau of Plant Industry, Board of Investments, Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards, Bureau of Philippine Standards, Bureau of Quarantine, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Energy Resource Development Bureau, Export Marketing Bureau, and the Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau.
The Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority, Forest Management Bureau, Maritime Industry Authority, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, National Book Development Board, National Food Authority, National Meat Inspection Service, National Museum, National Telecommunications Commission, National Tobacco Administration, Optical Media Board, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp, Philippine Coconut Authority, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority, and the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute have also completed identification of tariff classification and codes for their regulated goods.