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Philippines to set new rules for cement

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in The Philippines said a department administrative order (DAO) on cement will level the playing field between those imported by local manufacturers and those imported by pure traders.

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Ramon Lopez, DTI secretary, said the DTI is conducting consultations on a draft DAO which sets the rules on inspection of imported cement “balancing (the procedure) to ensure product standard compliance for the benefit of consumers.”

“One thing is clear, we will remove the distinction, all cement imports will undergo product testing,” Lopez said.

Lopez said the DTI is reviewing what mode of inspection will be done – pre-shipment or post-shipment or both. But either way, the rules will apply to cement imported by both traders and by manufacturers.

He said this would remove the questions that DTI is favoring manufacturers which in a previous draft of the DAO had been exempt from a two-step permitting process (Import Commodity Clearance and Product Safety mark).

While importers favor pre-shipment inspection alone, manufacturers want post-inspection.

Lopez said post-inspection will serve as verification of the results of the pre-shipment rest.

The DTI also plans to remove a requirement where the shipments will be placed on a warehouse while samples are undergoing verification.


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