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 purchase of foreign pork is affecting local producers’ prices.
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.
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.
Bringing in beef from Nicaragua would mean savings of between $4 and $8 per pound.
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