"Local hog farmers have asked the department to review the current 5% duty on pork offal imports. So, this is being studied by department and it may recommend the increase of the duty to the Tariff and Related Matters body," Assistant Secretary for Livestock Davinio P. Catbagan said in a telephone interview.
Mr. Catbagan noted that pork offals are relatively low-priced because these products are treated as waste in markets like the US and Canada. "They consider ears, tongue, cheeks, intestines, etc. as waste; but in the Philippines, these are used in our food," Mr. Catbagan said.
As of Nov. 18, shipments of pork offals to the Philippines had reached 48,450 metric tons (MT), 67% more than the 29,000 MT imported last year, Bureau of Animal Industry data showed.