Online export platform 1Export aims to help local MSMEs compete globally

Emerging end-to-end export platform 1Export has revealed that its trade going to North America has recently seized a significant portion of its revenue. The company said of its ₱25 million posted income, about ₱8 million was accounted for exports to Seafood City, a Filipino-owned supermarket chain operating across the continent.

Just in the US, export products are being displayed in 15 states through Seafood City. This partnership even gives more Filipino businesses access to about 80% of the American population—an unprecedented opportunity. Worldwide, 1Export helps its local clients get their products displayed in over 800 stores (offline and online) in various retailers.

So far, the 5-year-old company has about 450 supplier-partners nationwide. Those businesses employ around 5,000 staff and create more job opportunities for Filipinos.

“While we’re very proud of this economic milestone, we take the most pride in what this means for hundreds of individual Filipino small businesses,” said 1Export Founder and CEO Mel Nava. “They are now able to reach markets they previously did not have access to, giving them more customers, revenue, and growth at a time when they need it the most.”

1Export has distributed a total of 3,000 tons of products to 17 countries globally.

Aside from the US, 1Export now brings products to 17 other countries, including Australia, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. It is currently exploring additional countries like Russia and some others in Europe where demand for Philippine products has the potential.

1Export has been aiming to help more local micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to further grow their businesses by exporting their products to countries across the globe, where there is demand. The company provides a solution that facilitates processes like documentation, order processing, labeling, among others.

For one, 1Export utilizes a technology that simplifies documentation and processing to help its partners remain compliant and updated on various exporting requirements abroad. It also offers to export consultation services and holds preliminary meetings for partner businesses that are exploring export options.

“Caravan by 1Export is our bid to lower the barrier of entry to entrepreneurship. Now, you don’t need to source and import a myriad of Filipino products all on your own in order to get started. All you need is our platform and the desire to bring more homegrown Filipino products to your community,” Nava said.