Rules of Origin for Filipino Exporters Login to Sign Up
Course Language
English ‎(en)‎
Time Required
4 hours
Course Type
Online/Internet Based
Course Fee
Free of charge
Course Access
Open for enrolments

Rules of Origin for Filipino Exporters

Today, the Philippines is a party to some 10 preferential trade agreements which allow Filipino exporters to export under reduced or zero tariffs to a variety of important markets, including all ASEAN member states, New Zealand, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and the European Union, to name but a few. This makes Filipino exporters more competitive, as they are able to market their products at a lower price than would otherwise be possible.

However, data from the Bureau of Customs showed that not all Filipino exporters who could take advantage of these agreements actually do so. In fact, data from 2021 showed that some 13% of goods exported from the Philippines to markets covered by a preferential trade agreement did not take advantage of its provisions! So, why did so many Filipino exporters fail to take advantage of such an important opportunity?

Well, according to studies on the matter, many exporters report being unfamiliar or unaware of the Philippines’ preferential trade agreements, or how to gain benefits from them. This is an incredible waste of economic potential. This is why it is crucial to understand rules of origin, which work as the governing provisions of preferential trade agreements to determine the economic “origin” of goods and qualify for tariff incentives.

In this module, we will aim to provide you with enough knowledge and skills to enable you to determine the origin of goods for the purpose of availing your products of the tariff incentives under the Philippines’ preferential trade agreements, and thus to help grow your business.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
Understand the importance of rules of origin and the advantages of applying the rules to local businesses
Be able to identify goods’ tariff classifications, the importance for importers and exporters, and the relevance of origin determination
Know the various methods of determining goods’ origin for the purpose of obtaining tariff preference
Know the procedures for implementing the rules of origin and the processes involved in obtaining proof of origin for the various preferential trade agreements
Course certification
Participants who meet the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion issued in electronic format.
Course structure
Module 1
The Importance of Meeting Rules of Origin in the Context of Preferential Trade Agreements
Module 2
Classifying Goods. Its Importance and How to Do So
Module 3
Criteria for Rules of Origin
Module 4
Operational Certification Procedures (OCP)
Final Test