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    • DTI bares ‘record level’ $70.3-billion exports in 2019

      17 February 2020 Published also in Business Mirror Philippine exports reached record high $70.3 billion in 2019, from $69.3 billion in 2018, despite external headwinds from the global trade policy uncertainties, geopolitical tensions, and country-specific challenges, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez revealed this week. “The relatively strong export performance of the Philippines transpired amid DTI’s [Department of Trade and Industry] strong efforts in attracting investments, spurring MSME [micro, small and medium enterprises] development, and promoting the ease of doing business,” the trade chief said. Growing at 1.5 percent year-to-date, the country’s export growth is also the second-best performer among East Asian economies, next to Vietnam. The Philippines, China and Vietnam were the only...

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    • DTI unit spearheads new program to hone digital skills of exporters and entrepreneurs

      17 February 2020 By Kristina Noelle S. Andaya | Knowledge Processing Division | DTI-Export Marketing Bureau Published also in Business Mirror Canva Philippines’s Events and Community Partnership Lead Tin Atanacio teaches participants in Graphic Design Basics and applying these design principles in their brands/companies during the “Digital Design and Marketing” Information Session on January 30, 2020, at the Department of Trade and Industry International Building, Makati City. During the session, DTI-Trade Promotions Group (TPG) Undersecretary Abdulgani M. Macatoman encouraged exporters to take advantage of the free information sessions that the DTI-EMB organizes. “As part of the DTI-TPG, the DTI-EMB is enthusiastic in executing different strategies to help our exporters innovate and be...

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    • Demand for organic food on the rise in Europe

      17 February 2020 Published also in Business Mirror The appeal of organic foods continues to grow in Europe, presenting big opportunities for companies that can support this fast-rising consumer need, according to an export marketing official. Agnes R. Legaspi, assistant director of the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB), said that more than ever, European consumers are buying into the organic trend, noting that  half of European consumers think organic is healthier. The executive shared that 56 percent of French consumers buy organic food and drink products. In Spain, the percentage is 54 percent, in Poland 53 percent, Italy 49 percent, and Germany 45 percent. “Organic food and drink products enjoy a perceived health halo among European consumers due to their clean label profiles,” Legaspi...

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    • Manila port operators seek shorter free storage period for containers

      17 February 2020 Published also in Business Mirror Port operators Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) and International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) are asking the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to shorten the period for free storage of containers to better control dwell time. Separately, ICTSI is seeking an adjustment of storage charges for out of gauge (OOG) shipments, while ATI is proposing to establish a tariff for OOG shipments and arrastre rates for handling empty containers. ATI wants to cut the allowed free storage period to seven days from 10 day—with storage starting from date of the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) Online Release System (OLRS)—before penalties are imposed. The proposal aims to reduce the average dwell time of containers at Manila South Harbor, said ATI Assistant Vice...

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    • For the export market: BFAR pushes sustainable lobster industry in CARAGA

      03 February 2020 Published also in Business Mirror BUTUAN CITY—The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the Caraga Region (BFAR 13) is pushing for the establishment of a sustainable and export-oriented lobster industry in the area. BFAR 13 spearheaded Monday (January 27, 2020) the two-day second National Lobster Development Program Workshop attended by 55 participants from the different provinces in the region to assess the current situation of the lobster industry in Caraga. The workshop also aims to impart to the participants the various opportunities in the lobster and aquaculture industries in the country, said Salve Mordeno-Dinolan, BFAR-13 information officer. Dinolan, in an interview, said most of the participants are municipal agriculture personnel in the region, local...

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