The Philippines have stated that the EFTA-Philippines Free Trade Agreement, which entered into force on 1 June 2018 for the Philippines, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, is currently not being applied by local authorities in the Philippines, due to pending internal procedures. Preferential treatment for products originating in the EFTA States is therefore not granted in the Philippines for the time being. Exporters and importers of goods originating in an EFTA State are nevertheless encouraged to try to obtain preferential treatment upon import into the Philippines by claiming such treatment and by providing the necessary documentation, also with a view to obtain possible reimbursement of unduly levied customs duties at a later stage. EFTA Member States and the EFTA Secretariat are following up on the issue very closely and making all efforts to solve the problem with the Philippines as soon as possible. Further information can be obtained from the customs authorities of the EFTA States and/or the EFTA Secretariat.
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