Costa Rica: Unfair Pork Imports

Producers reported pork imports from Chile with prices up to 50% lower than national prices.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The National Chamber of Pork Producers stated this situation has been going on for a couple of years and was reported to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Trade.

The president of National Pork Producers, Renato Alvarado said "documentation is being put together from Chile so that a connection between local prices in this country and those offered in Costa Rica are compared. If they are offered at prices lower than production costs, it can constitute unfair competition," Nacion.com reports.



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The purchase of foreign pork is affecting local producers’ prices.

Between 2009 and 2010 imports of pork grew by over 200%, which has created significant downward pressure on local prices, hurting pig farmers in Costa Rica.

Industry representatives argue that in addition to normal imports, "irregular" imports are being made which are affecting the competitiveness of the domestic industry.

Guatemala to Import Beef

March 2012

The Government has taken the decision to allow the entry of a contingent of beef from Nicaragua, to ensure market supply, after a meeting was held with the vice president Roxana Baldetti, the Minister of the Interior Mauricio Lopez, and advisers from the Ministries of Agriculture and Economy, representing butchers.

Other press sources reported on the possibility of importing meat from Costa Rica, as well as Nicaragua.

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The government is calling on interested parties to import beef from Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras, in order to ensure the local supply and lower current prices.

From Diario de Centroamérica:

Government officials are meeting this afternoon with representatives of suppliers, who have expressed interest in importing beef. Also present at the meeting will be farmers and retailers of this product.

Guatemalans Butchers Seeking Nicaraguan Imports

July 2012

Bringing in beef from Nicaragua would mean savings of between $4 and $8 per pound.

This would stabilize or even lower consumer prices, said Edgar Mendez, president of the Guild of Butchers in Guatemala, provided that the Government allows direct purchase.

"We determined that buying the product from Nicaragua would slow the escalation of prices in the local market", he said.

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