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PHL searching for US GSP renewal with duty-free remedy for footwear

PHL searching for US GSP renewal with duty-free remedy for footwear

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THE Division of Commerce and Trade mentioned it’s negotiating for duty-free remedy for Philippine footwear in searching for the renewal of its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) settlement with the US.

Commerce Secretary Ramon M. Lopez mentioned in a webinar over the weekend that “our intention, except for the renewal, is to be add extra sectors that may profit from the GSP. Only in the near past, we have been ready so as to add journey items… (which) can now avail of the zero-duty entry into the US market,” Mr. Lopez mentioned.

“Footwear is just not but included within the GSP and that’s one sector that we’re lobbying to be included and there are different exportable objects that we want to be included,” he added.

The Philippines’ eligibility for US GSP expired on the finish of 2020.

Mr. Lopez has mentioned the Philippines is in the end searching for a free commerce settlement with the US.

The US GSP program allowed duty-free entry of greater than 5,000 Philippine merchandise in to the US, together with electronics and agricultural merchandise.

Individually, Mr. Lopez mentioned he prefers work-from-home (WFH) preparations to the proposal to undertake a four-day workweek to protect commuters from rising gasoline prices accompanying the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Frankly, WFH is perhaps even higher since you unfold the variety of hours of labor and never lump them into the 4 days. However simply the identical, you’re nonetheless in a position to work even remotely while you’re at residence,” Mr. Lopez mentioned.

Mr. Lopez mentioned the data technology-business course of outsourcing (IT-BPO) business ought to discover extra versatile preparations that don’t tie them to working from registered premises.

“For firms which can be in ecozones, there’s a requirement for them to be bodily inside the ecozone and that could be a totally different concern altogether. That’s the reason why we’ve got been asking them to return to bodily inside the zone,” Mr. Lopez mentioned.

“However there are avenues sooner or later — they’ll register exterior the ecozone system in order that they are going to be extra versatile relating to adopting a WFH association,” he added.

Not too long ago, the Fiscal Incentives Evaluation Board (FIRB) rejected the proposal of the Philippine Financial Zone Authority to permit IT-BPO corporations positioned inside ecozones to increase WFH preparations till Sept. 12 with out shedding fiscal incentives and with out the required 10% on-site capability.

In response to FIRB, the proposal was rejected since WFH is “solely a time-bound momentary measure,” including that workers ought to return to work with vaccination charges rising.

Beneath FIRB Decision 19-21, registered IT-BPO corporations are allowed to implement a WFH association as much as 90% of their whole workforce till March 31 with out shedding their tax incentives. The measure was adopted to assist the business regulate to the coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave

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