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FTA Implementation for Industrial Customer

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Synopsis

A large solar energy company with manufacturing operations in India was able to reduce its total customs duty spend in the Philippines by 10% through the use of the ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement.

Customer Overview
  • Company: A large manufacturer of solar energy products
  • Vertical: Industrial
  • Services: GTCM FAMS
  • Volume: Approximately 10 containers of products classified under 40 different HS codes
Challenges
  • Need to verify product classifications of various products to validate compliance with “change in tariff heading” FTA criteria
  • Obtaining the required preferential Certificate of Origin (Form AI)
  • Additional documentation may impact timely shipment clearance at origin and destination
APL Logistics Solutions
  • Review classification of all products in shipment for FTA purposes
  • Review HS codes of raw materials (through Bill of Materials), and ascertain that the finished product underwent a “change in tariff heading”
  • Consultation with customs at origin and destination to develop procedures and controls to manage compliance
Benefits
  • Duty savings benefit averaging 10%
  • Smoother and hassle-free shipment clearance despite additional documentation requirements

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