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Government loses P9 B tax revenues to technical smuggling of pork

MANILA, Philippines – The government has lost P9 billion worth of tax revenues in the past five years due to unabated technical pork smuggling, according to hog farmers and meat producers.

“Based on the report of our trading partners, around 202 million kilos of pork have been smuggled into the country for more than five years now. This translates to about P9 billion in lost government revenues. Yet technical smuggling remains unabated,” the National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc. (NFHFI) chaired by Vicente Mercado and the Samahang Industriya ng Agricultura and the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines Inc. (Pro-pork) said.

The group claims that at least 80,000 backyard hog raisers and their families have lost their livelihoods because of technical smuggling of pork and other agricultural products.

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