In a world where everything was change drastically, some activities remain the same. The existence of the Novel Coronavirus(COVID19) pandemic forced us to change the way we do things and live our daily lives. But some things never change, it only improves as the present situation calls for it.
For instance, exporting has been here since ancient times and it is evolving and continuously evolves up to this day.
In the Philippines, exporting/trading has been documented way before the European colonizers landed in our fertile and abundant territory. And since our country is strategically located in the Asia Pacific area, our ports are really admire and utilized for such activities. To add to this, we are producing a lot of world-class products that usually turn out as global crowd’s favorite.
But how does one become an exporter? Is this only applicable to big businesses? How about the micro, small and medium enterprises that represent around 98-99% of the local Philippine businesses? Is there a way that they can export their products globally?
To answer these informative questions, 1Export, a tech-enabled one-stop export-enabler shop had a webinar last July 31, 2020 entitled “The Basics of Exporting: What you need to know about documentation and labeling”. This was the first of many webinar series that tackled the nitty-gritty details of exporting. It’s important for our local businesses, especially the MSMEs, to have an in-depth exploration and understanding about the industry. Speakers were 1Export’s CEO, Mel Nava and Dominic Milan, the company’s Chief Sales Executive.
Aside from the fact that these two were the authors of the 2018 DTI Exporting Handbook, which serves as the “government’s bible” about exporting, they also have a vast knowledge and experience in the topic. Both of them worked for a multi-national company that exported their products globally particularly in the Middle East and US areas. The webinar started by showing an audio-visual presentation(AVP) about 1Export, which tackled the navigation and features of our tech-platform/website. The two speakers discussed how to start a business here in the Philippines and labeling your products for exporting. The basic legal documents to apply and secure to be a legitimate legal business entity such as the following:
- DTI (for sole proprietorship) or SEC registration(for partnership and corporation)
- Mayor/Business Permit
- Certificate of Registration (BIR 2303)
- SSS Registration
- PhilHealth Registration
- Pag-IBIG(HMDF) Registration
- FDA-LTO depends on the products that you will produce or offer
- FDA- Certificate of Product Registration
Establishing a business is already a stressful and time-consuming activity for aspiring business owners. You need to go to different government offices and spend a day or two in filing then eventually securing the documents that you need from the certain office. This requires your effort and precious resources such as your time and money.
And to be enter the world if exporting, aside from having world-class products, you will be needing the following:
- CPRS aka Export license
- Halal Certification for Arab markets/Muslim countries
- US FDA registration for the US market
It’s a bit overwhelming especially if you’re not familiar on what and how to secure those documents mentioned above. But don’t get too intimidated by these requirements. 1Export is here to help you make your exporting experience a whole lot easier. We are here to empower individuals or groups of people who want to start their business particularly their exporting journey. You can simply register as one of our suppliers via our website, www.1export.net/register and once verified, you can now request these business documents with just one click. We will efficiently execute everything on your behalf. All of the documents and processes involve will also be well documented via our website. You can even avail our packaged proposal to maximize your limited resources.
Aside from documentation, we also help you with the labeling – another very important requirement that is unique in every country. That’s the same reason why we need to relabel your exported products based on the existing rules and regulations of your target country or market. 1Export offers the labeling service to our registered suppliers on the website. You just need to simply register, get verified and just click to request the labeling service for your products to be exported.
To think of exporting as a way to grow your business, is to think beyond borders and local limitations. It’s a way of thinking globally while producing the world-class local goods, employing our fellow Filipinos and empowering them economically.
So what are you waiting for?