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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


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.
US pork industry backs free trade deal with PHL
The US National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) said that it hopes Washington will conclude a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Philippines, which it views as a priority market.
EU envoy to hasten FTA talks with PH
European Union (EU) Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen on Thursday said he wants to hasten discussion for the free trade deal with the country to improve the economic ties between the EU and the Philippines.
Philippines, US to discuss free trade agreement in November
The agreement, if inked, will be the second such US engagement in with an ASEAN-member nation, the first being with Singapore.
Philippines and US aim to announce free trade talks in November
The talks are part of US President Donald Trump’s strategy to pursue bilateral rather than multilateral trade agreements to let Washington secure the best possible deal.
Textile and garment industry banks hope on possible US-PH FTA
The textile and garment industry, now far from its glory days, will have to bank on a possible free trade deal with the United States in a bid to revive its struggling businesses.