The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) has expressed concern over China’s mandatory disinfection of food imports as a precautionary measure against the Corona virus. This step could push up business costs and affect shipments to the Philippines’s second-largest export market.
PBGEA Executive Director Stephen A. Antig stated that the shipments of some of the group’s members were disinfected by Chinese officials even if the guidelines are not yet “implementable.” Antig noted that China has just submitted the proposed guidelines to the World Trade Organization for comments, adding that at least three PBGEA members have reported that their shipments were disinfected in at least two different ports in China.
He told businessmirror.com.ph the disinfection of food imports, particularly cold chain food, prior to distribution could pose problems for banana exporters as it will increase their cost and result in the deterioration of the quality of their shipments.
He said PBGEA will urge the DA to hold a dialogue with Chinese officials on how the guidelines would be implemented and to determine the impact of the rules on banana exporters, particularly on small growers who depend on China.