PH's banana export bulk to China, Iran decrease-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
A BUSINESS leader on Wednesday said that export volume of bananas to China and Iran decreased by 36 percent and 43 percent, respectively, as of June 2013 compared to June 2012 data.
Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) executive director Stephen A. Antig bared this during Wednesday's Club 888 forum at Marco Polo Davao Hotel.
In the Philippine Quarantine Service (PQS) Banana Monthly Report (2012-2013)-Iran, which was presented to the press, a total of 6,086,499 boxes were exported as of June 2013 compared to the 9,524,208 boxes that were exported on the same period last year.
A total of 10,949,188 boxes were shipped to China as of June 2013, reduced by 43 percent compared to the 19,141,506 boxes in 2012.
"Our problem in Iran is an option of the US sanction to the country. We encountered the problem in 2009 wherein there was a sudden decrease of exportations," Antig said in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao.
He added that Iran had encountered problem in remittance of payments for bananas and it remains a dilemma up to the present.
He also said that the problem worsened due to the advisory that limited companies to ship bananas to Iran.
Only the American Presidential Lines is currently shipping bananas from Davao to Iran. Not all corporations are allowed to export bananas to Iran because exporters are required to secure permit from the US treasury department.
On the other hand, the problem they are encountering with China stemmed from the incident that happened last year when the country's quality supervision watchdog imposed a ban on banana exports from the Philippines on March 6, 2012.
To address the problem in China, PBGEA in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture and PQS, implemented sanitary measures for banana exporters and growers. Some of the measures included double and triple washing of the fruit and improvements on packing houses.
Antig, however, said that the exports have not yet normalized.
"Even after introducing all these measures, we are not 100 percent certain that we will meet their quality requirements," he said.
He added that as of 2012, the shipment to Iran dropped by 39 percent and China dropped by 31 percent. In a yearly basis, the exports of bananas to the world dropped by 13 percent last year as compared in 2011.
They will be expecting a drop in the demands of bananas in Japan by the last quarter of this year as this will be the quarter when there are higher tariffs on the bananas and it will also be the quarter when most of their local fruits are available.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 19, 2013.