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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 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.
Norway keen to expand trade after PHL-EFTA deal
Norway said Philippine exporters should to tap its market by taking advantage of the country’s trade deal with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).
FTAs will shield PHL from trade war
The Philippines is keen on forging more bilateral free- trade agreements (FTAs) with several countries amid the intensifying trade tensions between the United States and China.
PHL wants South Korea to drop tariff, nontariff measures on farm items
The Philippines will demand that South Korea eliminate both tariff and nontariff measures on agricultural products, in negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).
Talks are ongoing for possible PHL-US free trade pact —envoy
The US and Philippine forge can forge a free trade agreement (FTA) as both countries continue holding dialogues on strengthening bilateral trade relations.
Philippines in early free trade talks with 2 countries
The Philippines is exploring bilateral free trade agreements with two more countries. The talks are in their early stages and confidential.
Hog farmers oppose pork free trade deal with US
The National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc. said it opposes free trade in pork products between the Philippines and the US after the US hog industry expressed interest in expanding its footprint in the Philippines.