SEARCA on Smuggling of Selected Agricultural Commodities in the Philippines

first featured at ATI Interactive

Smuggling affects the country`s government revenues and also the competitive advantage of domestic industries including employment. Therefore, examining its nature, extent and implications should be top priority.

Hence, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) conducted an in-depth study on the dynamics of smuggling in the country. The result of this was a research paper on Smuggling of Selected Agricultural Commodities in the Philippines. By means of a series discussions and interviews with various local and international institutions, the dynamics of smuggling in the Philippines were examined.

These include smugglings nature and extent; existing policies on smuggling; policy implications; and mitigation measures, among others. The paper provides the context of smuggling in the Philippines, including identified problems and operational policies and legislative actions recommendations.

It also features a detailed analysis of the five main issues on smuggling such as Policies and Procedures on Imports; Tariff Rates; Extent of Smuggling; Value of Smuggling and Effectiveness of Anti-Smuggling Policies.

The research project was funded by the Bureau of Agricultural Research of the Philippine Department of Agriculture. A copy of this paper is now available at the Agricultural Training Center`s Agriculture and Fisheries Knowledge Resource Center in Diliman, Quezon City.