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By Roy Stephen Canivel

The Department of Trade and Industry has allowed truck rebuilders to continue importing parts and components even if they do not comply to an emission standard known as Euro 4, after taking into account the disruptions brought about by the pandemic. 

The DTI said in a statement on Monday that it released a memorandum circular last March deferring the ban on importing non-Euro 4 standard parts and components for rebuilding purposes. The ban will be deferred until a national health emergency is placed on the country, and for one year after that emergency is lifted. 

The DTI said it has already published Memorandum Circular 21-09 in the Philippine Star last March 18. It became effective immediately. 

However, a copy of the circular, which defers the implementation of the ban under Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 18-04, was not yet uploaded on its website as of press time. 

DAO No. 18-04, otherwise known as the “Compliance with Emission Standards for the Importation of Used Motor Vehicles and Parts and Components Under the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999,” prohibits the importation of non-Euro 4 standard parts and components for rebuilding purposes. 

The DTI said this is the second time that the implementation of the said DAO has been deferred. The first deferment was back in 2019, due to the lack of qualified Euro 4 skilled technicians considering limited availability of trainings for Euro 4 during that time.  

“Pursuant to the said MC, the accredited truck rebuilders will continue to be granted Certificate of Authority to Import (CAI) for importation of non-EURO4 standard Completely Knocked Down (CKD) [units], in consideration of the disruptions brought about by the pandemic, and the challenges of implementing a face-to-face training program in light of the strict observance of health protocols throughout the country,” the DTI said.  

“The extension period is subject to review, and may be shortened when it is determined that the critical number of trained personnel has been achieved before the expiration of the period,” the DTI added. 

Photo lifted from mickeyparts.com

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