Free trade agreement between the EFTA and the Philippines: Reimbursement of overpaid customs duties now possible

Swiss exporters of products covered by the free trade agreement can now request a refund of the customs duties they had to pay in the Philippines between June 1, 2018 and October 24, 2018.

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On April 28, 2016, the EFTA states Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Philippines. However, when the agreement entered into force on June 1, 2018, the Philippine customs authorities had not yet completed all internal procedures-This meant that, to begin with, they could not apply the customs obligations under the agreement.

Refunds possible within one year

The Philippines fully implemented its customs obligations on October 24, 2018. EFTA exporters can now apply to the Philippine customs authorities for a refund of the customs duties they unduly paid between June 1, 2018 and October 24, 2018. The legal basis for this is the Customs Administration Order 4-2019.

Refunds must be applied for within one year of the date of payment of the customs duty at the District Collector's office where the customs duty was paid. Approved refund claims are paid in the form of tax credits.

For more information on the refund process, please contact the following body directly:

Mr. Emilio L. Jacinto
Tax Credit Committee Secretariat Head
Chief, Revenue Accounting Division
Bureau of Customs
Contact No.: +63 527-1570

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