INTERCOMMERCE NETWORK SERVICES, INC. was established in 1987 as Global Teleprocessing Services, Inc. (GTSI), a distributor of GE Information Services. It was then providing global EDI, messaging and electronic mail services for manufacturers and retailers, passenger manifest for airlines,container movement data for shipping lines and port operators, banks for remittances, and government trade documentation requirements, such as the Electronic textile VISA messages from the Garments and Textile Export Board to the US Customs and Border Protection.
GTSI was acquired by Smart Communications, GE Information Services and Skylink Telecoms in 1997,as a strategic
alliance towards the establishments of the Philippine eCommerce Center, with the interconnection to the other GEIS eCommerce Centers in the Asia Pacific. GTSI was renamed as Intercommerce Network Services, Inc. in 1998, and adopting the “Local focus…Global Reach!” slogan.
Intercommerce continues its global services and began its focus on trade transactions being the first EDI VAN to implement EDI for the Bureau of Customs in 1998, providing the following services:
-Warehouse Entry Declaration,adopting UN/EDIFACT standards for Customs
-Formal/Consumption Entry and the “Super Green Lane”(SGL)
-Export Declaration,adopting both the EDI and GS1 Rosettanet standards, i.e. PIP3B18(Notification for Shipping Documentation)
-Online Lodgment of Import Entry for Express Cargo
-Customs Online Cargo Release
The Board of Investments (BOI) January 2009 and the Philippine Automotive Federation, Inc. (PAFI) has selected InterCommerce Network Services, Inc., as its Contractor for the development and implementation of an automated system for the Certificate of Authority to Import (CAI) for participants of the BOI Motor Vehicle Development Program (MVDP), with foreign funding support from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
The electronic CAI or eCAI facilitates the submission and processing of CAI, with automated validation of the importers as well as the items which are eligible for lower duty rates. With the automated procedures, it lowers that cycle time and transaction costs, eliminating the need to physically submit CAI application and the printing of CAI in security paper with security strip, BOI dry seal and signature.
In addition, it enables the BOI to comply with requirements of the National Single Window on the electronic submission of permit data and one-time use of permits. The current CAI may be used over 3 months, for one or more import shipments provided that the total importation does not exceed the total approved quantities.
In 2009, the Department of Agriculture signed an agreement with InterCommerce for the development and implementation of the automation of the harmonized SPS Import Clearance for the Bureau of Animal Industry, Bureau of Plant Industry and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
In eliminating the manual submission of import permit applications, InterCommerce provided a web application for the online preparation and electronic submission of SPS Import Clearance applications, including the submission of electronic copies of support documents e.g. pro-forma invoice, Certificate of Product Registration, etc. The web application also allows the importer to view the status of the application, if under review, endorsement or approval, or the rationale if rejected or disapproved by the agency. Upon approval, the importer prints the approved SPS Import Clearance, indicating the agency reference number, barcode and other details pertinent to the permit application.
The Department of Agriculture deployed the DA Trade System, for the maintenance of accredited importers and their respective importables, the cash-advance system for the auto-debit payment of SPS Import Clearance fees, and an online system for the review, endorsement and approval of SPS Import Clearance.
The Department has issued DA Administrative Order and Circular mandating the implementation of the electronic SPS Import Clearance by October 2010.
In November 2011, the Department of Agriculture implemented Phase 1 of the Minimum Access Volume (MAV) License with the importers electronically filing their application for MAV License, specifying the commodities and their corresponding volume they intend to import.
In February 2012, the Department of Agriculture implemented the electronic filing of their application for the Minimum Access Volume (MAV) Import Certificate using the SPS Import Clearance data as approved by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI). The online application will eliminate the submission of copy of BAI/BPI SPS Import Clearance to MAV Secretariat, thereby reducing man-hours and savings on transportation expenses for importers.
InterCommerce has led the discussions with the Korea Quarantine Inspection Agency, the Australia Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (now, Ministry of Primary Industries) for the exchange of e-Certification to facilitate import and quarantine procedures. Based the on-going technical discussions on proposed workflows, the eCert data will be used for automated validation vis-à-vis the SPS Import Clearance and Request for Quarantine Inspection to facilitate clearance of cargo.
Accredited as the first VASP for the implementation of the PEZA eIPS, enabling PEZA registered enterprises to electronically lodge import permit application for automated processing, e-payment of fees and approval in less than 2 minute cycle, on 24 x 7 basis.
On-going implementation of the PEZA Expanded Automated Export Documentation System (E-AEDS) which enables PEZA registered exporters to submit data electronically, eliminating the Export Documentation form and printing instead the BOC Single Administrative Declaration. This paves way to facilitate compliance to the Customs requirement for the submission of the Export Declaration to the BOC e2m Export System.
Currently, it is conducting pilot implementation of the e-Letter of Authority, eIPS and the transfer of goods for PEZA registered logistics enterprise, to facilitate intra-zone movement of goods.
Prior to its accreditation as BOC VASP, InterCommerce was accredited as an EDI Value Added Network (EDI VAN) in 1998, to be the first EDI VAN to enable importers to lodge import declaration using the UN/EDIFACT CUSDEC Message. In 2000, with the termination of the SGS Pre-Shipment Import Inspection, the BOC implemented the “Super Green Lane”, which provides faster import clearance and release of goods to qualified importers using EDI/InterCommerce for the lodgment of import entry declaration.
InterCommerce is currently conducting test on the BOC e2m Phase 4: Informal Entry, CPRS for one-time importer, Transshipment Entry and the Export Declaration.
Accredited as the first VASP for the implementation of the auto-Import Permit, and later the CDC e-Transit and Admission Permit. Services now include the interface to Customs e-ACTS, and will enable straight-thru e-payment process of CDC eTAP fees thru Landbank.
On-going implementation of the CDC Electronic Export Documentation System to enable CDC registered exporters submit data electronically, eliminating the CDCExport Documentation form and printing instead the DTI Export Declaration with the CDC Export Document reference number indicated in Box 44. This paves way to facilitate compliance to the Customs requirement for the submission of the Export Declaration to the BOC e2m Export System.
In line with the harmonization of the Clark and Subic Freeports, SBMA accredited InterCommerce as the VASP for the implementation of the SBMA e-Transit and Admission Permit System(eTAPS).
In 2015, SBMA approved teh implementation of the e-Billing and Payment System(eBPS),enabling SBMA to send electronic monthly statement of accounts to its locators, and for the SBMA locators to pay online thru ADA/ATM payment facilities of Landbank.
The Memorandum of Agreement between Subic-Clark and Kaoshiung for the establishment of an economic corridor was envisioned to attract Taiwanese investments and to facilitate trade between Taiwan and the Philippines, with Subic and Clark Freeport Zone as a logistics hub.
As an initial activity, Subic Clark Alliance for Development Council (SCADC) has embarked on the harmonization of trade policies and procedures, such as the eTAPS, inter-zone transfers between Subic and Clark locators and export procedures.
On the other hand, SCADC through the Manila Economic Cooperation Office and the Taiwan Economic Cooperation Office, has endorsed the Memorandum of Agreement between InterCommerce Network Services (Philippine VASP) and Trade Van (Taiwan VASP) for the implementation of the Cross-border Trade Information Exchange (CB-TIE) Project, for the electronic exchange of supply chain, logistics and trade data to be used to facilitate movement and clearance of goods between the Philippines and Taiwan. Both InterCommerce and Trade Van are members of the Pan Asian e-Commerce Alliance (PAA), and has established interconnectivity and legal framework for a secure and reliable exchange of information.
In these projects, the SCADC has tapped InterCommerce to provide the solutions which would address requirements of the Subic and Clark Freeport Zones.
InterCommerce was the first VASP to comply with PEZA requirement to automate the real-time transmission of approved e-Import Permit data to the NSW.
Similar interfaces were deployed for other agencies with automated import permit/clearance processes, i.e., CDC, SBMA, BOI, BAI, BPI and BFAR, for their compliance to the submission of permit data to the NSW.
In April 2010, InterCommerce gained membership in the Pan Asia Ecommerce Alliance(PAA), representing the Philippines. Its membership will enable InterCommerce to provide secure, electronic and paperless cross-border transaction services for local importers and exporters with its trading partners. Commercial invoices, packing lists, waybills (AWB/BL) and Certificate of Origin are some of the documents that can be exchanged in a data format.
PAA member economies include S. Korea, Japan, China, Taipei, Hongkong, Macau, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore – as represented by VASPs in the respective economies, ie. KTNet, TEDI/NACCS, CIECC, TradeVan, Tradelink, TEDMED, InterCommerce, CATS, DagangNet, and CrimsonLogic. PAA can be found on the Web at www.paa.net,
Together with the Center for the Advancement of Trade and Investment Foundation, InterCommerce designed the development and implementation of the AusAid¬ funded BIMP- EAGA Project for the exchange of trade documents between ports in Southern Philippines (Gen Santos and Cagayan de Oro) and Eastern Indonesia(Bitung and Menado), to provide advanced shipping and trade data prior to arrival at the port of destination.
The establishment of highways and railways, crossing thru countries particularly in the ASEAN Greater Mekong Sub-Region, composed of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar, resulted to the movement of goods. However, the border crossing formalities on trade, transport and immigration have caused delays at the border, negating the efficiencies of transport infrastructure.
InterCommerce submitted a paper to the UN Economic and Social Commission forAsia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Transport Division, recommending the use of information technology and the Internet to facilitate the preparation and submission of trade, transport and immigration information available at the border crossing points.
InterCommerce has established interconnection arrangements with an EU accredited service provider, to facilitate compliance to the EU Import Control System (ICS) which will be implemented in January 2011.
GE Information Services appointed then Global Teleprocessing Services as distributor in 1987, and was continued under InterCommerce Network Services since 1998.
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Based in Gaithersburg, Md., GXS has an extensive global network and has local offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. GXS can be found on the Web at www.gxs.com
On June 20, 2013, InterCommerce Network Services Inc. signed the Agreement with Nippon Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System (NACCS), to become the Philippine service provider accredited by Japan Customs for the provision of electronic services to shipping lines and NVOCCs to submit advanced maritime cargo information in compliance to the Japan Advance Filing Rules (Japan AFR) which was made mandatory by March 2014. In addition to Philippine exports to Japan, InterCommerce is positioned to provide said services for exports from other ASEAN countries to Japan.
CONEX and InterCommerce signed a Cooperative Agreement in December 2010, for the provision of electronic services for the submission of the Entry Declaration Summary(ENS) in compliance to the EU Customs requirement on the submission of ENS prior to loading/arrival in EU (please refer to www.icsviaconex.net ).
CONEX is a value-added service provider serving as electronic gateway to the 27 EU Member States. Initially specializing in the design of Customs clearance IT solutions, CONEX is recognized as the leader in its field, combining technical competence and regulatory knowledge. Its expertise is the product of more than 25 years work entirely consecrated to developing highly adapted solutions for Customs and trade.
Based in France, CONEX SA has an extensive EU network and has local offices in the 27 Member States and in Shanghai, China. In the Philippines, CONEX is represented by InterCommerce. CONEX can be found on the Web at www.conex.net.