INTERCOMMERCE NETWORK SERVICES, INC. was established in 1987 as Global Teleprocessing Services, Inc. (GTSI), as a distributor of GE Information Services. It was then providing global EDI, messaging and email services for manufacturers and retailers, shipping lines and port operators, banks for OFW remittances and government trade documentation requirements, such as the Electronic VISA Information System messages from the Garments and Textile Export Board to the US Customs Administration.
In 1998, the company was renamed as InterCommerce Network Services, Inc. -InterCommerce, in view of the strategic initiative of GE Information Services to set up Electronic Commerce Centers in each major economy to facilitate local B2B exchange –with its “Local focus… Global reach!” slogan.
InterCommerce continued 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:
InterCommerce was the first VASP to be accredited for the implementation of the Electronic Import Permit System which enables the PEZA-registered importer to submit applications for import permit using a list of items which are pre-approved by the agency and an auto-debit advance payment system for the payment of fees. It also enabled PEZA to submit approved permit data to the Bureau of Customs and to the Philippine National Single Window.
At present, it is conducting pilot implementation of the e-Transfer System (e-Certification, e-Letter of Authority and e-Zone Transfer Document) for the inter-zone and intra-zone transfer of goods between PEZA zone locators.
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.
InterCommerce was the first VASP accredited by the Bureau of Customs for the implementation of the electronic lodgment of import entry declaration to the BOC e2m Import Assessment System. Services now include the lodgment of the Client Profile Registration System (CPRS), Import Entry (Formal, Warehouse and Transshipment), Export Declaration, Electronic Manifest and Online Cargo Release (OLRS).
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.
Accredited as the VASP for the implementation of the SBMA e-Transit and Admission Permit System (eTAPS). InterCommerceʼs services on eTAPS now include the interface to Customs e-ACTS, and will enable straight-thru e-payment process of SBMA e-TAP fees thru Landbank, resulting to a 25% reduction in transaction costs.
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.
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.
InterCommerce provided automated solutions for the application for Sanitary Phyto-Sanitary Import Clearance (Import Permit), access to lower duty rate via the DA Minimum Access Volume (MAV) and the issuance of the MAV Import Certificate for the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI). Recently, InterCommerce delivered the application that enables the electronic submission of the Request for Quarantine Inspection which facilitates quarantine inspection and clearance as well as the automated generation of the Veterinary Quarantine, Meat Inspection and Laboratory Certificate to facilitate meat inspection by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) at DA-Accredited Cold Storage Warehouse.
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.
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.
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 in1987, and was continued under InterCommerce Network Services since 1998.
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