The Philippine Star

Issues on controlled chemicals continue to hound exporters

- By RICHMOND MERCURIO

Exporters are lamenting persisting issues on the implementi­ng rules and regulation­s (IRR) on controlled chemicals that continue to take its toll on the competitiv­eness of the industry.

In a letter to Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, the Philippine Exporters Confederat­ion Inc. (Philexport) are seeking clarificat­ion from the PNP on unresolved issues on the IRR on controlled chemicals, saying the issues have remained pending since the approval of the IRR on June 2016.

“While we appreciate the objective of the IRR towards promoting and preserving national security, there are issues that have yet to be resolved which have adversely affected the competitiv­eness of the industry, particular­ly stakeholde­rs in the housewares sector that use these regulated chemicals in their production,” Philexport president Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr. said.

The PNP is implementi­ng the IRR on controlled chemicals pursuant to Section 4C and 4F of Presidenti­al Decree 1866 on illegal possession of firearms and explosives, as amended by Republic Act 9516 approved on June 9, 2016.

The Export Developmen­t Council Networking Committee on Trade Policies and Procedures Simplifica­tion (NCTPPS), which is chaired by Philexport, underscore­d the need for the PNP to determine threshold quantity on controlled chemicals for micro and small enterprise­s (MSEs) and provide guidelines on its implementa­tion.

The Department of Trade and Industry has issued Department Administra­tive Order 18-01 last January with subject guidelines on certifying MSEs engaged in the business of purchasing PNP controlled chemicals.

“However, this is still cannot be implemente­d since the PNP is yet to determine threshold quantity for MSEs,” the NCTPPS said.

The group also urged the Department of Interior and Local Government and the PNP to review and amend EO 256 to rationaliz­e fees for the applicatio­n for controlled chemicals and the removal of fee for permit to unload, subject for consultati­on with relevant stakeholde­rs.

Philexport said unloading is regarded as an integral part of the importatio­n process and stakeholde­rs have been clamoring for the removal of the requiremen­t of permit to unload.

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