City’s sardine industry ready for Asean integration-A A +A
Monday, May 5, 2014
THE Zamboanga City-based sardine canning industry is ready for the integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next year.
Permex Producer and Exporter Corporation Manager Edgar Lim said the local canning factories are compliant with the international food safety standards.
Zamboanga City was dubbed as the sardine capital of the country since 11 of the 15 canning factories in the country are based here.
“As far as the canning industry is concerned I would say we are competitive,” said Lim, the former president of the Industrial Group of Zamboanga, Incorporated (IGZI).
Lim said that most of the local canneries are also Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) accredited aside from being competitive.
HACCP accreditation means the accredited processing plants are clean, safe, and ensures clean products are being process in the plants.
A canning firm that is a holder of HACCP accreditation certificate can export its products to different countries in Europe, Canada and the Unites States.
The objective of the Asean integration is to create a competitive market of over 600 million people in Asean countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
There will be free flow of goods, services, investment capital and skilled labor following the liberalization and these will include tariff reductions and streamlining of certain administrative procedures once the integration is in place.
However, Lim said they might face problems in terms of shipping logistics since there is no containerized vessel that serves from this city to the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area. (Bong Garcia)