Lower tariff for PH banana exports to Japan sought
The Philippines is not yet letting go of its pending request for the Japanese government to lower the tariffs on banana that comes from here.
As part of the bilateral meeting between the Philippines and Japan held in Brunei Darussalam, Philippine Agriculture Secretary William Dar reiterated the country’s request to Japan Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) Shinya Fujiki to lower the tariffs imposed on Philippine bananas.
“I would like to request your support for the preferential tariff rate of zero percent for Philippine bananas in Japan, which currently imposes 18 percent tariff during the winter season and 8 percent during the summer,” said Dar.
Japan used to be the largest importer of Philippine bananas for nearly three decades until China swift the spot, buying more than 1.1 million tons in 2018.
Currently, Japan is one of the countries where imported bananas from the Philippines are taxed heavily. It is due to this concern that Dar requested a zero tariff on the banana.
As a response, MAFF Vice Minister Fujiki said he wishes to discuss the matter on the context of the ongoing review of the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA).
Other matters that Dar brought out during the bilateral meeting with Japan included the Philippines’ request for updates on the market access for hass avocados and the accreditation of Philippines as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)-free country.