• 13 PHL food exporters join WFFS 2018 in US

      12 January 2019 Published also in Business Mirror A variety of coconut products from Grand Asia Integrated Natural Coco Products Corp. will be on display at the 44th Winter Fancy Food Show from January 13 to 15 at the Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, California.   THIRTEEN food companies from the Philippines are set to exhibit from January 13 to 15, in the 44th Winter Fancy Food Show (WFFS) at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. Led by the Department of Trade and Industry through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM), the Philippine participation will exhibit and sample the country’s range of healthy, organic and premium food products. “The FoodPhilippines pavilion in San Francisco will have a grand showcase of the...

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    • PHL to implement EU registration system for domestic exporters

      By Philexport News and Features 05 January 2019 Published also in Business Mirror EFFECTIVE on January 1, the Philippines began implementing a European Union registration system authorizing exporters to issue self-certification for eligible goods to avail themselves of preferential tariffs under the EU’s Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+). Gina German, Customs operations officer at the Bureau of Customs (BOC), said the bureau is now processing applications for the EU’s registered exporter (REX) system number of the registered exporters. “You make a statement of origin declaration and then send it to your buyer for the availment of preferential rates. So this is also called a self-certification system wherein, as exporter, you have the ability to know the origin of your goods,”...

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    • B.O.C. tweaks accreditation rules for importers, customs brokers

      05 January 2019 Published also in Business Mirror THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) has issued an order that further revises and provides more details to accreditation guidelines for importers and customs brokers. Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 28-2018, signed on December 10 by Customs commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, states that all new applications for accreditation filed by importers and customs brokers must now be submitted by the Account Management Office (AMO), duly concurred with by the deputy commissioner for Intelligence Group (IG), to the customs commissioner for approval or disapproval. These applications pertain to the renewal, reapplication, reinstatement, suspension, revocation or cancellation of accreditation, as well as to the activation of the Client Profile Registration...

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    • Demand strong for organic beverages in Canada

      By Philexport News and Features 05 January 2019 Published also in Business Mirror DEMAND for organic beverages, particularly coffee and tea, is rising in Canada as more consumers have become more focused on their health. The Euromonitor Digest, released by the Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau, cited consumer surveys indicating that organic products are increasingly becoming an integral part of daily life for many Canadians. “While consumer base for organic food and beverages is expanding, their spending on organic products is also increasing according to trade sources, which is particularly the case for younger consumers, including millennials who are gaining purchasing power,” it said. The report noted that all organic beverages categories experienced strong growth...

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    • MSMEs exhorted to explore opportunities in halal market

      29 December 2018 Published also in Business Mirror THE government has urged micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to take advantage of the huge under-tapped opportunities in the multitrillion-dollar global halal market. “When you say growing the export, we need to diversify because a recent study showed the spread of our exports is very limited. On the broader term, I must say that first in diversifying export, we need to look into new sectors like halal products,” Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said. Lopez cited Singapore, which is making halal as part of its domestic mainstreaming. “They are also empowering their manufacturers to have halal-certified products, making them ready for the export market. That is what we have to do. We have to start locally also increasing awareness...

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