The Customs Commission (TC) will hold a public hearing this week to review tariffs on meat products, including offal, at the direction of Sen. Cynthia A. Villar.
In a statement published on its website, the TC said it launched the investigation after Villar’s office ordered the National Economic and Development Agency (NEDA) to review the current tariff structure for meat products.
The public hearing by video conference (PHV) of the TC, an affiliated agency of Neda, would take place on Thursday 25 January.
The tariff lines concerned by TC’s investigation are: 02.01 to 02.02 (meat of bovine animals, fresh, chilled or frozen); 02.03 (pork, fresh, chilled or frozen); 02.04 (meat of sheep or goats, fresh, chilled or frozen); 02.05 (meat of horses, donkeys, mules or mules, fresh, chilled or frozen); and 02.06 (edible offal of bovine, swine, sheep, goat, horse, donkey, mule or mule animal, fresh, chilled or frozen).
“Interested parties are encouraged to submit their position papers by 8 February 2023 using the position paper template provided on the Commission’s website [end of business hours]’ was the statement from the TC.
The TC stated that it is conducting the inquiry in line with its role of examining the impact of customs policies and programs on national competitiveness and consumer welfare.
Villar recently chaired a hearing by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food on the state of the country’s pork supply. During the hearing, certain quarters of the pork industry pointed out that the different duty rates of different meat products are being exploited by unscrupulous importers to mis-declare their goods in order to avoid paying higher duty rates.