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UPS urges Davao City SMEs to go global

May 07, 2019 - Tuesday 11:05 AM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

Article Banner Image UPS Philippines, in partnership with AIR21, held a capacity-building workshop on exporting for small- and medium-sized enterprises. More than 70 small business owners from Davao attended the session. UPS Philippines Marketing Manager Marianne Mendoza-Reotiras (fourth from left) shared insights on the opportunities for SMEs to become export-ready. AIR21 Chief Commercial Officer Reuben SJ Pangan (second from right) and AIR21 Chief Operations Officer Yasmin Vasquez (third from right) were also present at the event.

DAVAO CITY -- United Parcel Service (UPS) is set to provide a wider scope for small- and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) in this city as it encourages them to extend their businesses to the international market.

Speaking at the Exporting 101 SME capacity-building workshop held on April 26 at Park Inn by Radisson Davao, UPS Philippines marketing manager Marianne Mendoza-Reotiras said the international market is wider for the SMEs especially since the Philippines has a lot to offer.

Reotiras said UPS is willing to help SMEs that want to engage in the export business.

“Most of the reasons why the SMEs refuse to export their products is the high tariff. We have this Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with some countries to facilitate the movement of goods by reducing or eliminating red tape and tariff,” she said.

The Philippines has an FTA with China, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand, to name a few.

Mendoza-Reotiras said UPS helps SMEs in everything its client needs, including the custom clearances and documents.

“We have a team of experts who can answer queries with regard to the customs process and documentation,” she said.

Chris Buono, UPS Philippines and Indonesia Managing Director, said in dealing with electronic commerce, the company has a team to secure the privacy of every client to ease their worries.

“We have an expert team who will handle the privacy of our clients every time they conduct business with us through e-commerce. Basically, they do not need to worry about the issue of privacy,” Buono said.

With over 100 years in the industry, UPS vowed to help the SMEs in expanding their business transactions, especially when they decide to export their products.

Most of the products in the international market that are in demand are electronic production, semiconductors, and machinery and transport equipment.