Welcome to the Philippines. This island paradise offers more than great dive spots and rainforest adventures. It’s an emerging market that’s on the brink of exciting change. Traditionally its economy has been based on agriculture, but more recently the country has broadened its focus to include services and manufacturing.
This shift in focus opens up even more opportunities for New Zealand companies to build on an already strong trading relationship.
If you’d like to know more about operating in this market, download our Philippines market guide on this page.
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 17th largest export market (20161)|
|Free trade agreements||AANZFTA|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||113 of 190|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||111 of 180|
Getting to the PhilippinesPhilippine Airlines flies non-stop Auckland – Manila thrice weekly. The direct flight time is around 10 hours. Other airlines also fly to the Philippines with a stop at least once usually in Hong Kong, Singapore, or Sydney. Air New Zealand, Qantas, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines all fly to the Philippines and the flight takes at least 12 hours.
When to visit
It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the Philippines’ national holidays, as some businesses may close during these times.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on the Philippines.
The Filipino way to do business is to spend time getting to know each other first. Don’t expect a deal to be struck on the first meeting and be prepared for some leisurely lunches and socialising.
You’ll find plenty of cultural information in our guide on this page.
Working in-marketGetting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in the Philippines
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit Philippines, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
New Zealand's relationship with the Philippines
If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with the Philippines, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their Philippines page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and details of recent official visits.