Molasses, Gifts, Housewares Top Negros Exports: DTI
For year 2013, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Occidental reported that molasses and gifts/housewares are leading products exported to other countries.
According to Engr. Engiemar Tupas, acting division chief of the business development division of DTI here, Japan, Middle East, Europe and United States of America (USA) are common export markets of Negros Occidental products.
He said, the province has 20 exporters of various products. For year 2013, muscovado sugar of Alter Trade Corporation has the highest volume of exported product to Japan and/or United States of America (USA). Muscovado sugar are shipped directly to its destinations via the Pulupandan pier in Pulupandan, Negros Occidental. This is followed by gifts, toys and housewares products of Baby Lans, Tumandok, Haciendacraft, Anaware Ventures, Domesticity, and Vito Prints. Markets abroad are Middle East, Europe and USA. Processed foods like canned sardines of Victorias Food Corporation, and Cavindez banana are also exported by Alter Trade to Japan.
The aqua/marine products of President Marine, NEPCO, and Orient Marine are leading exporters of crab meat and prawn to Japan. Garment products mostly of smocked children’s dresses of Vicmic in Pulupandan, NEXCO in Bacolod City, and Double G Garments in Bago City are marketed to the USA and Europe. The furniture products of Art Energy and Tumandok are exported to Europe, USA and Middle East. While the steel scrap are sent to Korea and Japan by a group. Also, the magnetite or black sand in Sagay are exported to China.
Tupas preferred not to mention the volume and amount of exported products for security reasons of the exporters. DTI is also dependent on the report of the Bureau of Customs regarding details of aquamarine product exports because DTI has no direct hand on these products. Except for molasses, export shipment of Negros are Manila and Cebu ports.
Exported products are greatly contributing to the economy of Negros Occidental, according to Tupas.*