Costa Rica: Food Industry Complains about Sugar Monopoly

The Costa Rican Food Industry Chamber called for the withdrawal of a 45% tariff protecting sugar.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Chamber calls for the removal of all distortions present in the market of food raw materials, of which sugar is one of the most important and widely used. Marco Cercone, president of the Chamber, noted that the monopoly has raised prices up 22%, and said increase makes it impossible for the food industry to compete, taking its highest toll among small and medium companies.

“As we have expressed previously, when a sector enjoys special laws which protect it and turns it into a monopoly, in addition to having the protection of an excessive 45% tariff, said sector must not tie its prices to the international market only when they go up”.

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