Online permit process to hasten trade

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    Seamless. TradeNet is connected to Asean’s own single window to speed up cargo clearances.

    The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA targets to make it mandatory for all trade regulatory government agencies involved in the issuance of licenses, permits, clearances and certification for the movement of cargo — export and import — to be connected to the Department of Finance’s TradeNet System by the end of the year.

    The TradeNet is the National Single Window System (NWS) for online processing of import and export permits.

    The DOF yesterday said about 78,000 transactions were processed from January to August this year through the TradeNet.

    The DOF said in a statement yesterday the live exchanges of the electronic certificates of origin (e-Cos) among Asean countries via the regional initiative designed to facilitate trade has averaged around 8,712 transactions per month since January this year.

    TradeNet.gov.ph, which performs the functions of the government’s NSW, has been interconnected to the ASW, which is a regional initiative that aims to speed up cargo clearances and promote economic integration by enabling the electronic exchange of border documents among the 10 Asean member-states.

    The Duterte administration’s goal is to have all 75 trade regulatory government agencies across 18 government departments fully interconnected via TradeNet.

    TradeNet will simplify import and export documentary processes covering an initial 7,400 regulated products.

    Meanwhile, ARTA projects that business registration in the country could be completed in one step within just a day in 2021.

    ARTA and the Department of Information and Communication Technology will launch next month the Central Business Portal (CBP).

    The goal is to have local government units and national government agencies integrate their processes to the CBP to have one consolidated platform that will receive applications and capture application data involving business-related transactions. This will make it easier to register one- person corporations and less than five–person corporations. — Irma Isip and Angela Celis