ARTA lauds order creating trade facilitation committee

The Anti-Red Tape Authority lauded the executive order creating a trade facilitation committee as this strengthens ongoing streamlining efforts to improve customs procedures.

ARTA director general Jeremiah Belgica said in a statement the recently issued EO 136, which seeks to create the Philippine Trade Facilitation Committee, is a positive development as the government is working to simplify processes, especially “streamlining efforts in the Bureau of Customs.”

The committee would be responsible for coordinating actions to implement World Trade Organization – Trade Facilitation Agreement and other trade facilitation commitments.

It would also propose measures to the NEDA Board Committee on Tariff and Related Matters to expedite movement, release and clearance of goods.

The committee will work with the ARTA to ensure compliance to the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act.

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