Lawmakers want to legalize entry of ukay-ukay in PH

This could drive up the prices, though.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that Representatives Maximo Rodriguez Jr. and Rufus Rodriguez are pushing to legalize the importation of used clothing or "ukay-ukay" to the Philippines so that the government can tax them.


The report explained that under the proposal filed by the Rodriguez brothers in Congress, a 35 percent ad valorem tax will be imposed on used clothes shipped to the country, while a 40 percent ad valorem tax will be charged for other second-hand items. At present, the entry of ukay-ukay in the country is considered illegal under Republic Act 4653.


Even though the importation of ukay-ukay is unlawful, the lawmakers noted that an estimated 1,000 containers of second-hand items are still shipped yearly to the Philippines, based on estimates from customs officials. The Bureau of Internal Revenue came up with a similar suggestion to tax ukay-ukay items in 2010 but business groups objected to it because legalizing the entry of these items "would kill the local textile and garments industry."

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