Philippines reviews MAV rules for chicken
In the Philippines, a review of the rules on setting pre-approved import
volumes for chicken is being made.
As part of continuing efforts to safeguard the
interests of local poultry growers and ensure a stable supply of the commodity
to consumers, Philippine Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap has said that by January 2008,
the Department of Agriculture (DA) will have completed its review of the rules
on the grant of minimum access volume (MAV)* to chicken importers to make the
procedures more responsive to the demands of the market.
Yap recalled that poultry industry leaders pointed out that the MAV has
become a tradable security for some corrupt importers who sell their
import-volume permits instead of using this privilege to help the sector augment
the supply of chicken during critical periods.
"We are very confident that after the due process and hearings, after
hearing from all the stakeholders, we will be able to come up with a more
responsive and with a more relevant MAV procedure by 2008," said Yap.
* The MAV - the minimum volume for specific agricultural products that
members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have agreed to allow entry to
their respective countries at lower-than-regular tariff rates.
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