Poultry raisers seek extension of MAV on chicken imports

PHILIPPINES - The country’s biggest poultry integrators want the government to indefinitely extend the minimum access volume (MAV) for imported chicken which expires in June this year.

"The local poultry industry at this point still needs to be shielded from cheap imported chicken. Without the MAV, any- body can just import the volume they want to bring in and at prices lower than locally-produced chicken. A free-for-all regime will definitely have adverse repercussions for our domestic broiler growers," said Ruben Pascual, spokesperson of the Philippine Association of Broiler Integrators (PABI) and head of the Poultry Export Board.

MAV refers to volume of a specific agricultural product that is allowed to be imported with a lower tariff as committed by the Philippines to the World Trade Organization (WTO) under the Uruguay Round Final Act.

Source: Philstar.com
calendar icon 7 March 2005
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