Philippines issues new rules for import permits

09.12.2016

The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) issued Memorandum Circular 5, which lays down new rules for securing import permits. The circular calls for the revalidation of existing phytosanitary import clearances (SPS-ICs), and new applications now must be processed and approved manually, leading to longer processing time. A ‘green lane’ was created to fast track release of validated SPS-ICs for perishable goods such as chilled or frozen products.

Jesus Cham, President of the Meat Importers and Traders Association, told Asian Agribiz that MITA members are complying with the new order, but he pointed out that legitimate importers like them have been transparent and have followed proper processes, including presenting their shipment for inspection even before the new rules took effect.


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