The Impact Of Information Technology In Trade Facilitation On Small And Medium Enterprises In The Philippines

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Executive Summary

Focusing on electronic lodgment through web-based applications of value-added service providers as the IT-based trade facilitation measure, the survey of Customs Brokers conducted in this paper revealed that lodgment time in the Philippines dropped to one hour or less as a result, compared to previous lodgment times of ? to one day. However, total clearance time of 1-2 days remained unchanged; implying that manually performed tasks within the lodgment-to-clearance interval may be slowing down overall procedures.

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