Philippine group request probe on China imports

Philippine group request probe on China imports
Published: 22 February 2011

A non-government organisation advocating product safety for consumer welfare Monday urged the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to take appropriate action on the reported anomalous importation of cheap cement from China. He said it not only undermines Philippine laws but also poses serious threat to public safety.

Lawyer Rafael de la Torre, chief advocate of the Center for Organizational Studies (COSA), was reacting to reports that another huge shipment of China-made cement has arrived, and is now being moved to the project site without prior government approval and pertinent documents.

Citing intelligence, De la Torre said this importation of Portland cement traced to the China National Construction and Agricultural Machinery Import and Export Corp. (CAMC), was allegedly undervalued at US$30/t.