Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Local Wood Producers complain of Chinese smuggled wood

  • As if local producers do not produce and sell sub-standard wood anyway. At least, if the Chinese are selling sub-standard products, they sell them cheaper and forces the Philippine producers to do the same. On another bright side, at least, the Chinese are cutting their own forests, hindi ba?

  • let that chinese plywood come inside tha philippines. para sa kaalaman ng lahat ang local plywood producers ay gumagawa din lang sub standard na plywood. Dito sa mindanao lahat ng plywood producers undersized lahat and plywood at walang quality pa natutuklap.

  • Wood producers want govt to check plywood smuggling

    Wood producers are calling the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) attention regarding the illegal importation of plywood from China, saying the product is threatening the businesses of local producers and the safety of consumers.

    Smuggled plywood, the Philippine Woods Producers Association (PWPA) said in a press conference on Tuesday, is only 4.5mm thin but often marketed to be 5mm thick. Chinese plywood is also unable to handle sanding and contains glue with high formaldehyde emissions, endangering those who work with the material, it added.

    The Chinese version sells at a lower price and has forced local producers to lower their own prices in order to compete with the smuggled plywood.

    "This is a coy attempt at tricking consumers who are usually naive of the existence of such standards. It also robs the government of unpaid VAT and import duties amounting to about P76 to P80 million monthly for 400 forty-foot container vans. These illegal imports unfairly compete and undercut the prices of local plywood manufacturers," said PWPA deputy director Maila Vasquez.

    The group said that for every container van shipment that is smuggled, a local container van is displaced and indirectly causes 16 local plywood workers to lose their jobs.

    PWPA called on government to be more vigilant as most Chinese plywood shipments that enter the country are either misdeclared or simply smuggled.

    “Misdeclared goods can fall under technical smuggling. We received information that about 300 forty-foot container vans of illegal plywood arrived in the country last April and more are about to arrive this May. Word we got is that about 400 to 500 containers will arrive this month," said Vasquez.

    Plywood is covered by mandatory standards under the Bureau of Product Standards. Locally produced plywood must be marked with a product standard label, something which the illegally imported plywood does not have.

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