• Service portal increases internationalization of Asean SMEs

      16 September 2019 Published also in Business Mirror Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Southeast Asian countries can now have easier access to trade-related information crucial for them to penetrate the regional and international markets. The Asean SME service Web portal,, recognized the need to link smaller firms with enterprises, traders, suppliers, manufacturers and consumers within the region and trade partners. “…By enhancing their market access and paving the way for their internationalization, SMEs are able to take advantage of the trade and investment opportunities and benefits from regional economic integration,” it said. The Web portal provides services to ensure that ASEAN shall be globally competitive and innovative by the year 2025. These portal...

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    • Demand for naturally healthy packaged food on the rise in Canada

      16 September 2019 Published also in Business Mirror Sales for naturally healthy (NH) packaged food are forecast to rise in Canada as more of its consumers become increasingly health conscious. “Among the manifestations of health consciousness seen by Canadian consumers is the increasing desire for less processed food and for products with as few and simple ingredients as possible. This is also known as the ‘clean label’ movement,” said the Euromonitor Digest released by the Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau. In food and beverage, the report pointed out there is a rising tendency to resort to the way food was consumed centuries ago when there were “no artificial ingredients, no pollution and no antibiotics” despite the advancement of modern agriculture and...

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    • Food-processing exec says unstable agri yield affects export commitments

      16 September 2019 Published also in Business Mirror The food-processing industry is concerned about the unstable supply of local agricultural products despite Philippine government’s various programs and initiatives to help farmers, according to a purchasing executive. Ferdinand Pio, corporate purchasing manager at KLT Fruits Inc., in an update on trends and market opportunities in the fruit industry presented at a recent agri-business forum in Calamba, Laguna, said statistics show a decreasing supply of local agri produce. The decline can be attributed to the fall in the number of growers and is a troubling development for the country’s food-processing industry as it depends on the farming sector, Pio added. Citing the situation of KLT Fruits, a fruit-processing company that processes tropical...

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    • DTI seeks halal cooperation with Indonesia

      09 September 2019 Published also in Business Mirror Posterity photo of the delegations of the Philippines headed by Trade Undersecretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo (gray suit at the center) and Indonesia headed by Ministry of Trade Director General Iman Pambagyo (batik polo at the center) after the successful conduct of the Seventh Meeting of Philippines-Indonesia Joint Working Group (JWG) of Senior Officials for the implementation of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on trade, investments, handicrafts and shipping held on August 26 and 27, 2019, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Jakarta—In a bid to further strengthen bilateral economic relations between the Philippine and Indonesia, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is set to explore possible cooperation on the halal industry with Jakarta. During...

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    • European Union implements new registration system for PHL exporters

      09 September 2019 Published also in Business Mirror Department of Trade and Industry-Trade Promotions Group (TPG) Undersecretary Abdulgani M. Macatoman welcomes the participants of the Exporters’ Briefing Session on the European Union Registered Exporters (EU REX) System on August 20, 2019, in Makati City. The Philippines is one of the beneficiary countries of the European Union’s Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus or GSP+ that grants zero tariffs to 6,274 product lines.  These products include particular items of fish, dairy, fruits, vegetables, coconut oils, coffee, cocoa, tobacco, chemicals, fertilizers, essential oils, soaps, articles of plastics and rubber, articles of wood and leather, apparels, footwear and headgears, ceramic products, glass and glassware, pearls, fine and...

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