DA, BOC agree to share trade intel

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) signed a data sharing agreement (DSA) to facilitate exchange of data on traded agricultural commodities, primarily on unfair trade practices and surge of imports.

Signed on January 27 and governed by the Philippines’ Data Privacy Act, the DSA is one of the initiatives between DA and BOC that ensures local agri-fishery products will remain competitive with overseas counterparts, DA said in a statement.

Through the initiative, DA said critical and intelligence information can be shared between them and acted upon by each agency promptly. It also strengthens coordination on inspection and control procedures to support food safety and collection of the right amount of custom duties, among other mutual benefits.

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