Because of the
dire need to speed up export documentation and processing, exporters
thought of coming up with a one-stop shop to address this clamor.
In 1993, the setting up of the One-Stop Export Documentation Center
(OSEDC) in Cebu, although initially Manila was the first to introduce
this concept, came into full operation spearheaded by the Department
of Trade and Industry (DTI) with the support of other vital government
agencies necessary in export facilitation.
These cooperating agencies were: the Bureau of Customs (BOC) of the
Department of Finance; Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR); Cebu Ports Authority of Department of Transportation and Communication
(DOTC) and; DTI's Garment and Textile Export Board (GTEB). The center
also houses the arrastre and stevedoring company which is the Oriental
Ports and Allied Services Corporation (OPASCOR).
After the formal turnover of the management of the center to PHILEXPORT
Cebu from the DTI, the OSEDC still remains until now as the office
to where export papers are comfortably processed. For this reason,
clients continue to surge each year indicating growing patronage and
reliability of service.
The OSEDC is also symbolic of the feat and unified cooperation of
both government and the private sector in the effort of contributing
to national progress by way of initiating new ways to support business
The OSEDC caters to businesses' export documentation and processing
minus the hassle of hopping from one agency to the other thus, enable
export companies save time and effort.
As a processing center, it provides available personnel necessary
to ensure the prompt release of documents pertaining to clearances
prior to exporting. These may include for instance product clearances
on textile and garments, shell product or by-products and other export
commodities that require government regulation.
Other than that, to secure the shipping of goods, agencies such as
the BOC and the CPA join together in the proper identification and
classification of outbound cargoes while the arrastre and stevedoring
firm shares in the loading of goods.
Because of this very innovative concept, exporters and concerned government
agencies are now empowered to jointly work for further improvement
of its services and work closely towards the minimization or if not
elimination of red tape and ensure transparency of all transactions.
With these, exporters can now save on cost on manpower and the much-needed
lead-time therefore, making them more competitive in terms of productivity
and delivery of products.
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