PH opens market to fresh blueberries from US
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said that starting Sunday, the Philippines will formally open its market to fresh highbush blueberries coming from the United States.
This will make the United States the only country with formal market access in the Philippines in terms of blueberries.
“Since the United States is the only country with official access to the Philippine market, U.S. suppliers are poised to take advantage of the opportunity to supply the Philippine retail and food service sectors,” USDA said.
“Multiple trade contacts forecast U.S. sales could reach $500,000 this season and exceed $1 million in succeeding years if there is a concerted marketing effort to increase consumer awareness on the availability, quality, and health benefits of U.S. fresh blueberries,” it added.
Like all fresh fruit importation, a licensed importer must secure a Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Clearance (SPSIC) from the DA’s Bureau of Plant Industry.
The Most Favored Nation (MFN) tariff rate for blueberries is seven percent and subject to 12 percent Value Added Tax or VAT.