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PIA Press Release
2007/04/20

RP: No! to smuggled textiles

ROXAS CITY (20 April) -- Government agencies are finalizing an agreement that aims to prevent the Philippines from being used as a transshipment point for smuggled textiles and fake designer clothes destined for the United States.

Under the agreement, the Bureau of Customs will ban the entry of unidentified textiles and clothes into Philippine ports, then furnish counterpart agencies with a monthly summary of released/seized/abandoned commodities.

Secretary Gary Teves of the Department of Finance (DOF) said this agreement will protect exporters and the integrity of major suppliers of high-end clothing brands to the US market.

The Agreement is expected to be signed in late April by various agencies, including Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Customs, Clark Development Corporation, Philippine Export Processing Zone and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

The Philippines has played a strategic role in international trade either as a transshipment point or source of exports from local producers or foreign investors that have put up their manufacturing plants in the country.

This role dates back centuries ago when the archipelago was found by other nations in the Asia-Pacific Rim and Europe to be a strategic player in world trade and commerce.

The Philippines has also joined the lucrative global trade of textile manufacturing with regular quotas in the United States and other importing countries that have appreciated the exquisiteness and quality of Filipino craftsmanship. (PIA) [top]

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