The U.S. Grains Council is undertaking efforts to stop new import inspections by the Philippines from adding costs to U.S. containers of dried distillers grains with solubles and corn gluten meal, according to an article by the U.S. Grains Council (http://bit.ly/…).
In response to recent increases of smuggling, fraud and price and quantity mis-declaration in commodity imports, the Philippine Bureau of Customers (BOC) recently announced that effective June 1 all bulk and container imports would be inspected and certified at the port of loading by several BOC-approved inspection companies.
Even though there have been no smuggling incidents originating from the U.S., the inspections are required on cargos from all countries of origin.
The Council believes that the new inspection requirements would be costly for U.S. cargoes of DDGS and corn gluten meal, as importers are expected to absorb the cost of inspection, estimated at about $5 to $15 per metric ton.
Because of the long-standing and high quality system the U.S. has in place, the Council, along with the U.S. Soybean Export Council, is urging the Philippines to either exempt U.S. cargoes from the new inspection requirements, or to add the U.S. Federal Grain Inspection Service to the list of accredited inspection agencies.
Cheryl Anderson can be reached at Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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