Tariff Commission asked to retain tariffs on imported raw materials for meat industry
The Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (PAMPI) said the Tariff Commission should retain the current Most Favored Nation (MFN) tariff rates on imported raw materials for the meat processing industry to keep food prices manageable and help ease the inflation rate.
“We would like to clarify our position on this petition that we are limiting our request for the retention of the prevailing tariff rates of 5 percent and 20 percent for poultry and fowl and we are not including other non-rice products in our petition,” PAMPI Executive Director Francisco J. Buencamino said.
On Wednesday, there will be a public hearing to discuss the petition of PAMPI to retain the MFN tariff rates on mechanically deboned (MDM) or separated meat of chicken at 5 percent; meat and edible offal of turkeys not cut in pieces, frozen at 20 percent; mechanically deboned or separated meat of turkey at 5 percent; and meat cuts and edible offal of turkeys, frozen, other than livers or mechanically deboned or separated meat at 20 percent.
Over the years, the use of MDM/MSM in the Philippines as raw material ingredient for processed meat has kept the price of certain products like canned meat and sausages affordable.
The Philippines imported 189.1 million kilograms of MDM poultry in 2017, up from 168.7 million kg in 2016.
“The use of MDM in processed products has allowed us to maintain affordable, protein-filled, wholesome processed meats which benefit the consumers and its use continues to be regulated by the National Meat Inspection Service,” Buencamino said.
PAMPI said an increase in tariff rates from 5 percent to 40 percent will escalate prices of hotdogs and canned meat products that contain MDM by 12 percent to 17 percent.