DTI eyes equal test for local, imported cement

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THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) plans to apply equal testing procedures for local cement manufacturers and importers.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez told reporters that his agency has ongoing consultations with cement producers and importers to improve the current department administrative order (DAO) on cement.

“One thing is clear — to remove distinction between manufacturers and importers. Both will undergo product testing,” Lopez said in Filipino.

“What we ensure is to have product [standard] compliance for the benefit of the consumers, whether we do it pre- and post-shipments or pre-shipment only. That’s what we are studying,” he added.

Lopez said the DTI wants to apply same testing procedure for both cement importers and manufacturers to avoid dispute between the two parties.

The clarification comes following an uproar from importers on DTI Department Administrative Order 17-05, which required them to get Import Commodity Clearance while exempting manufacturers from the process. Kris Crismundo/PNA

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