The Export Development Council (EDC) in partnership with the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) continuously supports Philippine Exporters by giving travel tax exemption incentives through Executive Order (EO) 589 for the past 12 years.
Said EO only exempts exporters joining international trade fairs, exhibitions, selling missions, conferences, trade negotiations, seminars and other promotion activities, from paying the travel tax amounting to Php 1,620 for economy class and Php 2,700 for business class.
Since 2007, EDC has endorsed 13,174 Travel Tax Exemptions (TTEs) applications to TIEZA which issues the exemption certificates. From the total TTEs issued 87% are for joining international trade fairs, 10% for outbound business and selling missions and 3% for other participation i.e. conferences, seminars and promotions activities.
Exporters are still encouraged to avail of this government support. The TTE application form can be downloaded at http://edc.net.ph/downloads/TTEform.pdf.
For other concerns and information on tax exemptions not covered by EO 589, you may call TIEZA at telephone numbers 249.5900 locals 641/646/643.- MGL