The Philippine Bureau of Customs has placed a 12% value-added tax on imported eggs after the United Broilers and Raisers Association and the Philippine Association of Broiler Integrators sought to bring in 150,000 hatching eggs for broiler production, according to The Philippine Star.

Gregorio San Diego, president of UBRA, said the importation of eggs is to alleviate a temporary shortage in chick production due to recent typhoons.

UBRA and Agriculture Undersecretary Bernie Fondevilla plan to appeal to the BOC and the Department of Finance to lift the tax.