US urges Philippines to lift trade barriers on meat

April 17, 2018

The US has urged the Philippines to eliminate technical barriers to trade such as sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements, particularly on meat. In a report from the 2018 National Trade Estimate of the US Trade Representative, the US, a big exporter of meat, has asked the Philippine government to “remove unjustified requirements that treat frozen meat differently from fresh meat.” The Philippines maintains a two-tiered system for regulating the handling of frozen and freshly slaughtered meat for sale in local wet markets. Under this system, the US said, the Philippines imposes more burdensome requirements on the sale of frozen meat, which is primarily imported, than it does on the sale of freshly slaughtered meat, which is only from animals raised domestically .