ANNOUNCEMENT 27 Jun 2014In June 2014, the government of Philippines announced a change in import tariff quotas.
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Office of the President of the Philippines, News release, 28 June 2014: http://president.gov.ph/news/da-says-qr-extension-preventive-measure-importation/
Oryza.com, 30 June 2014, Philippines Reduces MAV Rice Import Tariff by 5% to 35%: http://www.oryza.com/news/rice-news/philippines-reduces-mav-rice-import-tariff-5-35
On 27 June 2014, the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines amended the quantitative restrictions on rice in the following way: previously, a tariff rate quota (known as the Minimum Access Volume, or MAV) was set at 350,000 metric tons (MT), with a 40% in-quota tariff and a 50% out-of-quota tariff. About half of the quota was allocated to specific countries. The MAV has been increased to 805,000 MT and the in-quota tariff lowered to 35%. The out-of-quota tariff rate remains unchanged. Conversely, a much larger proportion of the quota has been allotted to the following countries:
The remaining 50,000 MT are omnibus volume, i.e. available for all WTO members (including the countries mentioned above). Of the old 350,000 MT quota, 187,000 MT was omnibus volume. For this reason, the GTA assesses this measure as amber, as it may involve discrimination against foreign commercial interests.