The Philippines will again import 25,000 metric tons of frozen round scad (galunggong), bigeye scad (matangbaka), mackerel (alumahan), bonito (tulingan) and sunfish (bilong-bilong) for wet markets.
According to the order of the Ministry of Agriculture, the imported fish is intended to fill the deficit during the closed domestic fishing season, which will run from November this year to January next year.
The order, signed Thursday by Senior Undersecretary for Agriculture Domingo Panganiban, “will take effect immediately and remain in effect unless revoked in writing.”
Commercial fishermen as well as fishing associations and cooperatives can contribute the defined volume of fish.
All Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Authorizations (SPSIC) will be issued no later than December 15 this year and will be valid for 45 days from the date of issue. No import clearance will be deemed valid after January 30, 2023.
Importers are required to source fish from a source that does not engage in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and meets food safety standards.
They are also required to present a bill of lading or pro forma invoice before obtaining permission to import fish. Allocation transfer is not permitted and all SPSICs issued are not upgradable or transferable. INQ
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