Challenges in Trade Facilitation: The Case of the Designated Examination Area (DEA) in Davao

18 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2015 Last revised: 23 Jul 2015

Ronald U. Mendoza

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Arlene L. Cosape

Ateneo de Davao University - School of Business & Governance

Aladdin Ko

Asian Insitute of Management - AIM Policy Center

Adnan Ahmad

Asian Institute of Management

Monica M. Melchor

Asian Institute of Management - Policy Center

Date Written: June 4, 2015

Abstract

Trade facilitation is defined as the simplification and harmonization of international trade procedures, referring to activities, practices, and formalities involved in collecting, presenting, communicating, and processing data required for the movement of goods in international trade.4 The need to provide information, submit declarations, and submit to border checks adds to business costs caused by associated time delays, which then lead to forgone business opportunities and reduced competitiveness. Thus, the aim is to maximize efficiency and reduce cost burdens associated with these trade processes, while safeguarding legitimate regulatory objectives. In order to help illustrate the challenges to upgrading the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to fulfill its trade facilitation mandate5, this case elaborates on the issues surrounding the operations of the designated examination area (DEA) in Davao.

Keywords: trade facilitation; port; smuggling

Suggested Citation

Mendoza, Ronald U. and Cosape, Arlene L. and Ko, Aladdin and Ahmad, Adnan and Melchor, Monica M., Challenges in Trade Facilitation: The Case of the Designated Examination Area (DEA) in Davao (June 4, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2626678 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2626678

Ronald U. Mendoza (Contact Author)

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Katipunan Road
Loyola Heights
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

Arlene L. Cosape

Ateneo de Davao University - School of Business & Governance ( email )

E. Jacinto Street
8016 Davao City
Philippines

Aladdin Ko

Asian Insitute of Management - AIM Policy Center ( email )

123 Paseo de Roxas
Eugenio Lopez Foundation Bldg.
Makati City, 1260
Philippines

Adnan Ahmad

Asian Institute of Management ( email )

123 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines

Monica M. Melchor

Asian Institute of Management - Policy Center ( email )

Eugenio Lopez Foundation Bldg
Joseph McMicking Campus, 123 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City
Philippines

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