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DTI launches TREFS: A digital solution for trade remedy petitions

Local producers struggling with unfair competition from imports can now file trade remedy petitions online.

According to the Department of Trade and Industry, its Bureau of Import Service held a soft launch of the Trade Remedy Electronic Filing System (TREFS).

The TREFS will make the filing of petitions easier and should make the lodging and management of the petitions more efficient.

“The soft launching of TREFS is a prime example of the DTIs innovative approach to easing our ways of doing business in the trade industry,” Trade Secretary Fred Pascual said. “This is our way forward, led by the DTI-BIS, as we address the challenges faced by our domestic producers in navigating the complexities of filing trade remedy petitions,” the DTI said.

TREFS, accessible 24/7, makes it convenient for stakeholders to submit documents at their own pace.

The TREFS promises to make it easy to file the petitions with its step-by-step guidance on the filing of petitions and extensions. It will also provide notifications or instant alerts from the system for feedback to clients and stakeholders.

“TREFS was envisioned to introduce an alternative procedure for filing petitions, responses, and other submissions related to trade remedy measures, by providing a more efficient and accessible avenue for these measures,” said DTI-BIS Director Maria Guiza Lim.

The latest trade remedy case is for the imposition of definitive safeguard measures against the importation of liquefied petroleum gas steel cylinders filed by Ferrotech Corporation.

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