Lower tariffs draw mixed reaction in the Philippines


The US has recommended that Manila retain lower duties on farm produce as well as the removal of concessionary tariff rates for mechanically deboned meat. This has drawn mixed reaction from Philippine meat producers and importers.

The United Broiler Raisers Association and the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines have opposed the idea of removing or lowering tariffs as this will be unfair to local producers, while the previous 40% tariff will help ease rampant technical smuggling. However, the Meat Importers Trade Association and the Philippine Association of Meat Producers agree that permanently enforcing lower duties will benefit the buying public and will be able to “hold down prices” if the reduced rates are maintained.


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