Poultry raisers seek extension of MAV on chicken imports

by 5m Editor
7 March 2005, at 12:00am

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. &quot;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,&quot; 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. <i>Source:</i>

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