The Department of Agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced they will formally request for a uniform tariff for Philippine agricultural products in Japan especially bananas, October 30.
Secretary Piñol opened up this request to his Japanese counterpart when they met during the official three-day visit of President Duterte in the said country.
The tariff for agricultural products fluctuates and at present, the tariff for Philippine bananas exported to Japan range from 18.5 percent in winter to 8.5 percent during the summer season, Piñol points out.
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In an interview held in Tokyo, Piñol told reporters “I told the agriculture minister if we can possibly set it at 8 percent year round so we could produce more for the Japanese market.”
He further narrated part of his conversation with the agriculture minister which he offered our country to be the garden of Japan, and we would plant whatever it will need.
In order to protect the Japan’s mandarins, they imposed a tariff on Philippine agricultural products as briefed to the Agriculture Secretary.