• FPI: PSI ON CARGOES OK, BUT GOVT SHOULD SHOULDER COST

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    DOMESTIC manufacturers have given their conditional support to the plan of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to subject cargoes to pre-shipment inspection (PSI). Jesus Lim Arranza, chairman of the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI), informed Customs Commissioner John Sevilla that the Board of Directors of FPI resolved in a recent meeting that it is not against the BOC’s initiative to implement PSI on bulk, break-bulk, containerized and other non-containerized cargoes. “However, with all due respect and deference, the Board also resolved that it must be government that should pay any corresponding fees,” Arranza said in the letter. He noted that it is “absurd” for importers to incur additional expenses and pay somebody just to check the veracity of the details of their importations “since they already know them in the first place.” Moreover, in view of the relationship between the PSI service provider and the importer, the “loyalty of the service provider will tend towards the importer,” Arranza stressed.

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