Until last year, these products entered the country tariff-free.
"The Department of Internal Security analyzed the products and removed the tariff exoneration, arguing they are in the category of powder drinks with more than 29% sugar. They also warned to retroactively charge the tariff beginning 2007", reports Elsalvador.com. "Another product also affected is panela caramel, which was part of CAFTA-RD".
In the first five months of the year, Honduran exports of non-traditional products totaled $575 million.
According to the Honduran Central Bank's Foreign Trade Report, sales of non-traditional products totaled $1.27 billion in the period.
The general manager of the country's Federation of Agricultural Exporters (FPX) told Laprensa.hn that, "it's good news because it's important for Honduras to export more non-traditional products than coffee and bananas since prices of these fluctuate and non-traditional industries have historically had a buffering effect. However it is hoped that these products can increasingly take a more central role".
The non-traditional products sector closed 2008 with $2.9 billion in exports.
According to the article published by the Prensa Libre daily, "...the chemical subsector is in first place with $900 million in exports, followed by food at $275 million, and construction materials at $208 million and then plastics at $138.4 million."
Exporters of farmed shrimp, tilapia, melons, Asian vegetables, pineapple, grapefruit, banana and cocoa are negotiating the entry of products into the European market.
The United States is the main market due to its proximity, but with new technologies for food preservation, lengthening their lifespans by up to four weeks, it is expected that more distant markets will be reached.
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