In violation of Customs rules, more than half of ceramic tiles and plywood imported into the Philippines in July 2014 may have been imported and released from Customs without the required clearances from the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Further investigations are ongoing to establish the precise amounts, but there is sufficient evidence that the amounts already released are substantial.
Thus, the Bureau of Customs and Bureau of Philippine Standards warn the public to be vigilant when buying ceramic tiles and plywood. The consumer should look for the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality or Safety Certification Mark License/s; or Import Commodity Clearance/s (ICC) issued to manufacturers or importers, respectively. They should also ensure that the packaging or product has an authentic PS Mark or ICC sticker affixed on it.
Department of Trade and Industry - Bureau of Product Standards 3/F Trade and Industry Building
361 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City Philippines 1200, Telephone: (632) 751-4700 Fax: (632) 751-4706