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


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  • 20-Jul-2015 Rappler PH wants agri products included in European free trade pact
    The Philippines is negotiating for the inclusion of processed tropical fruits and durable fresh products as part of the ongoing negotiations for a free trade agreement with the European Free Trade Association. EFTA, in turn, wants zero tariff market access for fish.
  • 28-May-2015 Rappler PH eyes 3 more bilateral agreements
    The Philippines plans to forge bilateral agreements with Mexico, Chile and Canada, after the countries started last week exploration talks aimed at further strengthening their trade and economic relations.
  • 27-May-2015 Xinhua Philippines, Peru set to engage in FTA talks
    The Philippines is set to engage into free trade agreement talks with Peru, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
  • 16-Apr-2015 EU-ASEAN FTA Campaign Network New generation free trade agreements: A threat to life and livelihoods
    Multi-sectoral network calls on Philippine government to turn back from its FTA ambitions
  • 30-Mar-2015 EFTA, Philippines hold first FTA negotiations
    The first round of free trade agreement talks between the Philippines and the members of the European Free Trade Association – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland – was held last week in Makati, Philippines.
  • 12-Jan-2015 Chile interested in free trade agreement with PH—Domingo
    A Chilean delegation is set to arrive in March and may initiate talks for a bilateral free trade agreement with the Philippines, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo said over the weekend.
  • 20-Nov-2014 PNA Philippines interested in joining US-led Trans-Pacific free trade area
    Philippine President Benigno Aquino said his government is studying the benefits of joining the TPP before it makes a decision.
  • 12-Nov-2014 PDI Aquino leaves question of PH joining free trade area to successor
    President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday he would leave the decision on whether the Philippines should join a proposed Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP) to his successor.
  • 29-Sep-2014 Inquirer US-led trade bloc seen to harm Philippines
    The Philippines stands to lose some of its major markets if it will not be able to join the United States-led Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bloc, a US-based economist said.
  • 22-Sep-2014 Philippine Star PHL to open more bilateral agreements
    Trade Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. said the Philippines is willing to look into having bilateral trade agreements with other countries.
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