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Imports force Nueva Vizcaya, Ecija onion growers to sell low

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Red and white onions are again flooding the northern Luzon markets, reaching the mountain city of Baguio. But freshly harvested onions have been competing with imports, leaving onion growers far poorer than when they started planting.  EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Unregulated onion imports and opportunistic middlemen force farmers to sell their produce at very low prices following harvests, onion growers have complained.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

5-20 ‘ukay-ukay’ scam at BOC bared

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Cinco huli, lusot veinte. Millions of pesos in government revenue have been lost to this illegal practice at the Bureau of Customs (BOC), where for every 25 shipments of imported ukay-ukay, or used clothing, five are seized by the agency while the rest are promptly released to consignees upon payment of tara, or grease money, to corrupt customs personnel.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Customs losing P5B a year to ‘Ma’am T’ et al.

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The Bureau of Customs (BOC). FILE PHOTO

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has been losing more than P5 billion a year due to the undervaluation of imported plastic manufacturing materials by a group led by “Ma’am T,” one of the big-time players in the Department of Finance-attached agency.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

China set to become world’s biggest net oil importer

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China is set to overtake the United States as the world’s largest net oil importer from October, according to US figures, due to a combination of rising Chinese demand and increased US production.

Posted: August 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

China halts imports of New Zealand meat

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Hundreds of tons of frozen mutton, lamb and beef from New Zealand have been stranded on Chinese docks after China halted imports from the country due to a certification dispute.

Posted: May 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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