Sardine factories petition to unload in Zambo port PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 July 2018 16:29

By ELY DUMABOC

Twelve (12) canning and sardine companies are asking the  Bureau of Customs  to allow them to unload imported goods and materials at the Zamboanga seaport for ease and decreased operational expenses.

The request was contained in a letter sent by the canning factory owners and managers to Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña.

“We, the Southern Philippines Deep Sea Fishing Association (SOPHIL), Industrial Group of Zamboanga Inc. and  the Chamber of fish processors in Zamboanga City are requesting to kindly  allow our importation of goods like tomato paste which we are using in the making of sardines to  be shipped directly to  Zamboanga City port and make payment of our importation duties and taxes here in Zamboanga  City,” the letter stated.

Officers of the group said that the move will help minimize spending since the current processes or procedures are doubling their expenses in the handling of their goods.

Currently, goods used in manufacturing are being shipped to Manila and are being brought to Zamboanga city by domestic vessels.

“if  permitted, both our group, the sardine and canning factories in Zamboanga City and the BoC, Port of Zamboanga  will benefit  from the  move as we  will now  pay our  tariff and customs importation duties and  fees to the port of Zamboanga,” the letter stated.

The move, if realized, will also give the sardine and canning factories in Zamboanga City an increase in their gains and this would encourage  sardine companies  in this city to import more, according to the businessmen.

For his part, Atty. Lyceo C. Martinez, Zamboanga  CityBoC District Collector,  said “statistically the more importations in the region,  the higher the  revenue collections of the bureau.”

The move of the group would benefit  the people of Zamboanga since more jobs will be made available by these canning and sardine factories, Lyceo added.

Zamboanga City is hosting at least 12 big sardine factories.

Over 90 percent of the sardine industry in the country is located in Zamboanga, making the city known as the “Sardine Capital of the Philippines."  (Ely Dumaboc)