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The Philippines signed its first bilateral FTA with Japan in 2006 and is presently party to the ASEAN FTA processes (China, India, Korea, Japan and Australia/New Zealand). The Philippine government has been trying to get Washington to offer an FTA, while those of New Zealand and Chile are apparently in favour of a bilateral deal with Manila. The Philippine government wants to join the TPP, and is engaged in efforts to lay the groundwork for negotiations with the EU for a possible FTA.

last update: May 2012


PH-Turkey free trade pact pushed
Philippines and Turkey governments are pushing to elevate bilateral economic relations to a more comprehensive free trade agreement.
PH eager to forge FTAs with Mexico, US
The Philippines will pursue separate discussions with Mexico and the US for potential free trade agreements with each these two countries.
Much improved FTA terms with Korea seen
The Philippines expressed optimism to conclude in April this year a much improved offer by South Korea in the proposed bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).
PH stays open to free trade deals with US, EU
The Philippines remains open to move forward discussions on possible separate free trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States and the European Union after talks have recently slowed down.
PH trade deficit ‘alarming,’ says BOI official
The trade deficit of the Philippines has been growing at a “quite alarming” rate, said Board of Investments (BOI) executive director Ma. Corazon Dichosa.
Philippines raises possibility of free trade deal with UAE
The government said it is exploring the possibility of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
PH sees US FTA nego next year
The Philippines is optimistic that discussions on the proposed bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with the US could start next year after the US Congress has settled trade issues with Canada and Mexico.
US, PHL to open talks on free-trade deal
The US will begin negotiations for a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Manila in 2020, in a move that will secure market access for Philippine exporters to the United States
Amid US-China truce, the Philippines and Taiwan are forging a progressive partnership
At the center of the intensifying rivalry are the Philippines and Taiwan, and the rest of other states in Southeast Asia, that will eventually face the tough choice between the US and China.
Trade swap proposal: Tariff cuts on PHL fruits and South Korea industrial goods
Seoul has responded positively to Manila’s long-standing request to eliminate tariffs on agricultural products, in exchange for reduced import duties on South Korean industrial goods.