Philippine Cold Chain Sector
The Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) estimates that the cold chain industry will reach around $378.4 million in 2023. The sector plays a pivotal role in ensuring the country’s logistics system is stable to preserve essential food products, prevent food wastage, and provide efficient vaccine distribution. The Philippine Cold Chain Roadmap launched in 2020 aims to increase the country’s current cold storage capacity by 10% to 15% annually, or an additional 50,000 pallets annually. The country’s current storage capacity is 500,000 tons for food products. There are 151 Department of Agriculture–accredited cold storage warehouses, most of which are in Metro Manila (National Capital Region) with 45, Central Luzon with 30, and Calabarzon with 24.
The United States is actively helping to strengthen cold chain infrastructure in the Philippines and Southeast Asia with advanced technologies. In 2016, the Philippine Cold Chain Project (PCCP) by the USDA assisted Philippine agricultural producers with increasing the agricultural productivity of select high-value vegetables by providing innovative technologies and developing cold chain-related markets. The rise of e-commerce created new opportunities for the cold chain industry and was spurred by increased food delivery services, take-aways, increased local production requiring cold chain logistics services, sensitive pharmaceutical requirements, e-commerce, and online grocery shopping.
Warehouses in across the country include: cold storage, cold and dry storage, and integrated cold chain facilities. Integrated cold chain facilities logistics and distribution, inventory management, and real-time tracking services. Major meat processors usually have on-site cold storage facilities for their products and imports. All imported meat products are delivered immediately to a cold storage facilities.
The country’s cold chain industry focuses largely on food handling, food processing, and food safety. Export opportunities are in the following areas:
• Cold storage automation technology
• Cold transportation & equipment
• Refrigeration systems, parts, and maintenance
• Temperature control technology
Cold Chain Association of the Philippines (CCAP)
Cold Chain Philippines 2022
Date: Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2022
Venue: SMX Convention Center
The U.S. Commercial Service can assist you in identifying opportunities and local partners in the Philippine cold chain sector. Please contact Commercial Specialist Katrina Domingo at email@example.com.