The Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. or PHILEXPORT is the country’s umbrella organization of exporters that is mandated under the Export Development Act of 1994 to strengthen the country’s export industry through its advocacy, export promotion and development programs. The Confederation is a non-stock, non-profit business support organization borne out of the unification of the Philippine Exporters Foundation (PEF) and the Confederation of Philippine Exporters (COPE) in October 1992.
To date, PHILEXPORT has an active membership of over 4,000, including companies belonging to 19 regional and provincial chapters and 24 industry associations that have affiliated themselves with PHILEXPORT. They are represented by 18 private sector Trustees in the Board elected every two years by their sectoral members.
In fulfilling its mandate, PHILEXPORT implements a number of institutional and special projects and services, including:
- Policy Advocacy
As the unified voice of exporters, PHILEXPORT is actively engaged in policy discussions and deliberations on issues affecting the industry. Position papers and policy programs are developed and implemented based on inputs
generated from its Policy Committees. Its network in this area covers the academe; three branches of government; other trade-related government agencies; media and trade-related non-government organizations.
PHILEXPORT has likewise been a member and seats as an active participant in various policy Committees, Councils, and chambers of commerce and other business organizations.
- Facilitation and Advisory
Through its Export Facilitation Department, PHILEXPORT is able to provide the necessary frontline services such as trade advisory, facilitation and referral; buyer-seller and investment matching; trade fair participation; special promotions programs and selling missions to PHILEXPORT members and foreign clients.
Other services include the processing/facilitation of the following: ∙ Client Profile Registration System for use of the E2M (electronic to mobile) system of the Bureau of Customs for export as provided in Customs Memorandum Circular (CMO) 39-2008, approved in 2008 and implemented in 2010;
∙ APEC Business Travel Card;
∙ Travel tax exemption;
∙ Endorsement for trade fair participation and financing; and ∙ Zero-rated VAT for indirect exporters.
- Capacity building and technical assistance
PHILEXPORT organizes a number of regular and per-need based seminars to assist members in their technical skills, managerial, product development and other training requirements.
PHILEXPORT has also undertaken special promotions programs developed and implemented with international trade development and promotion agencies.
Meanwhile, modest funds through the Regional and Sectoral Support Fund are able to subsidize trade fair participation, development of promotional collaterals including websites, product and market development, capacity building, strengthening business support organizations and other special export-related projects.
- Bonded Warehousing Operations
PHILEXPORT operates its bonded warehouse for miscellaneous goods to enable its members to avail of the duty-free importation of their raw materials, inputs and packaging to manufacture goods for re-export. Offering reasonable rates and computer-assisted documentation processing, PHILEXPORT’s CBW provides a better alternative to other existing import for re-export schemes such as the duty drawback and re-export bond schemes. To facilitate this process, PHILEXPORT has initiated the set up of an accreditation committee for CBW users.
- One-Stop Export Documentation
Under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed with the Export Development Council (EDC), PHILEXPORT and its chapters manage administratively the operations of the OSEDCs in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Subic and Iloilo. These OSEDCs house under one roof representatives of the different government agencies involved in export documentation processing, namely the Bureau of Animal Industry, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Bureau of Plant Industry, Fiber Industry Development Industry, and the National Statistics Office.
- Information Collection and Dissemination
a. PHILEXPORT responds to the information needs of its members through the following:
b. PHILEXPORT News and Features – a weekly e-publication that carries PHILEXPORT positions and updates on issues; news and feature stories from important events and activities; and even promotional and market related articles.
c. PHILEXPORT web site (www.philexport. ph) - the website contains information on PHILEXPORT as an organization, its services, industry profiles, list of PHILEXPORT members, policy and market updates and other publications, trade opportunities, calendar of events and links to relevant trade web sites. There are also on-line applications to avail of certain services such as e-marketing, applications for travel tax exemption and APEC Travel Card and membership and renewal. It also has a facility to generate members' suggestions and comments on certain issues; and
d. PHILEXPORT social media accounts: FB, Linked-In, Twitter and YouTube e. Market Update, Policy Advisories and Activities Bulletin - contains important information and sent to all or to sectoral members within 48 hours that they are received by PHILEXPORT. Sources include embassies, online newsletters and other publications; local and international business support organizations and other similar agencies; and