The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has withdrawn the Import Clearance Certificate (ICC) previously issued to Mannage Resources Trading Corp. (MRTC), an importer of a 20,000 MT Chinese steel bars which arrived at the Port of Subic on November 2.
On November 23, 2016, DTI Region 3 (Central Luzon) released an inspection report which showed that more than 50 percent of the imported steel bars of the said shipment have missing tags, making it arduous to to identify the steel bars from the declared manufacturer in China and to trace the bars with a specific production lot/ batch.
The DTI's action was hailed by the Philippine Iron and Steel Institute (PISI), the organization representing the country's iron and steel industry.
In a statement published in Manila Times, PISI President Roberto Cola, said the move was “in the interest of public safety” and in line with the government and industry’s policy of strictly enforcing the mandatory standards for steel products.
According to Section 5 of Department Administrative Order (DAO) 05, Series of 2008, the DTI is authorized to ensure that the shipment is intact pending the approval/ denial of the ICC.
The Philippine Star and Manila Times