Palace says China allows entry of PH bananas

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2012 01:51 PM | Updated as of May 22 2012 09:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang said China has eased restrictions on banana imports from the Philippines.
 
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that 30 to 40 containers of Philippine bananas have been allowed to enter China.
 
“We have a bit of good news. We have progress in resolving the phytosanitary issue. We received word today that 30 to 40 containers have been allowed to pass in China,” Valte told reporters. 
 
Agriculture officials from the Philippines and China also agreed on measures to “resolve quickly any phytosanitary issues” involving Philippine exports to China.
 
“The Department of Agriculture will double check exports before leaving the country. It was also agreed with our counterparts in China that once our exports arrive there, it will be subjected to a joint inspection to resolve quickly any phytosanitary issues,” Valte said.
 
Valte said that despite China’s easing of import restrictions, the government is still looking for other markets for banana exports. She added that the government also is studying short-term measures to assist the banana industry affected by the import restrictions.