To the followers of imported ice cream Haagen Dazs, and other sweet stuff like Pillsbury and Sara Lee, did you know that the last one you ate may be your last? The firm that imports these goods is already leaving the country. Over the past weeks, they have been selling the stuff on sale to get rid of stocks.
But the bigger story than the sale is why they left.
It was not because the food did not taste good. It was because they could not tolerate a corrupt Bureau of Customs official they had to deal with when importing the goods. Our sources said that instead of haggling over tariffs to pay in order for them to get their stocks past Customs, they decided to simply forget the Philippine market.
An importer who admitted to paying bribe money for the importation (of other goods) said the situation at the BoC has actually gotten worse under the current administration because grafters no longer state the price they wanted… but importers have to make sure they pay a high rate for the Customs officials to “mind the goods” and bring them in.
Guess the “matuwid na daan” thrust skipped some Customs officials.