Digital Free Trade Zone



Digital Free Trade Zone

Project Overview
The idea of a digital hub to centralize fulfillment processes for eCommerce to lower trade barriers to provide small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with better access to global markets was the brainchild of Alibaba’s founder and Chairman, Jack Ma.

The Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) will function as a centralized customs clearance, warehousing and fulfillment facility to speed up clearance for imports and exports. The objectives of the DFTZ are to help SMEs overcome the complex regulations, processes and barriers, and eventually further encourage businesses and traders to connect and collaborate in cross-border trading. This is an already tested and proven concept where goods ordered online from any point in China will be delivered at the doorstep either on the same day or the latest on the next day.

The key benefits of the DFTZ to businesses are to provide global market access to SMEs, simplify and accelerate cargo clearance process, provide end-to-end support to businesses for cross-border trade, networking and knowledge sharing to drive innovation within the internet ecosystem, leading eFulfillment services (warehousing, pick, pack, labeling, and others), access to eCommerce ecosystem players (financing, last mile fulfillment, insurance, digital marketing, and others) and, provide the right ecosystem and facilities for brands to use Subic Bay as a transshipment hub to reach ASEAN customers.

Located within the proximity of the port and the airport, the proposed Subic Bay’s DFTZ is set to become the premier digital hub for local and international internet-related companies comprising of key players within the internet ecosystem to facilitate end-to-end support, networking and knowledge sharing that will drive innovation in the internet economy and the eCommerce industry.