This report provides an assessment of the Philippines’ readiness for cross-border paperless trade, i.e., the conduct of international trade based on electronic data and documents.
A team of experts conducted this assessment following readiness checklists developed by the ESCAP Interim Intergovernmental Steering Group on Cross-Border Paperless Trade Facilitation, of which the Philippines is a member. National consultation on facilitating cross-border paperless trade was co-organized by the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and ESCAP on 8 March 2021, when preliminary findings from the visits and interviews were further reviewed, consolidated and validated. The second national consultation was held on 29 June 2021 to discuss the initial recommendations and action plan and get the agencies’ comments and inputs. The draft report was also presented for further feedback and validation at the 3rd National Single Window - Technical Working Group (NSW-TWG) meeting on 31 August 2021. All inputs from these consultations and meetings are incorporated in this report.
Following a brief overview of trade facilitation implementation in the Philippines, findings from the technical and legal readiness assessments for cross-border paperless trade are presented. Recommendations on the technical and the legal aspects of cross-border paperless trade are then provided, followed by an initial action plan for the Philippines to move forward.
The report is co-published by ESCAP and the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC), and co-launched at the Launching Ceremony.
The complete set of Cross-Border Paperless Trade Readiness Assessment reports can be accessed here.