Costa Rica removes 35 percent tariff on chicken imports for processors

Costa Rica's government agreed with the food-processing industry to abolish its 35 percent tariff on imports of mechanically deboned chicken.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Mario Montero, executive director of the Costa Rican Food Industry Chamber (Comex) described the measure as an important victory in Comex's campaign to improve access to raw materials on world markets.

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