Getting products into the United States, the destination of 49% of Salvadoran exports, is still a problem for many exporters in that country for failing to meet quality, labeling, packaging or production requirements.
The Director of the Corporation of Salvadoran Exporters, Silvia Cuéllar, told La Prensa Gráfica that the process that fails the most is labeling: "The label has the most failures for exporters because it does not meet the requirements. Sometimes it's a small detail, but this detail does not allow the product to enter the country and forces the exporter to pay for storage or simply lose it."
The country has been criticized for violating trade agreements and placing phytosanitary barriers on trade using political-ideological and non-technical justifications.
Having entrusted the management of the Ministries of Economy and Commerce and Agriculture and Livestock -and linked institutions - to a group of officials who believe in their own last century protectionist model - and going against openness to the world practiced by the country in the last 20 years, and who were also openly opposing the Central American Free trade Agreement (CAFTA) with the United States, the Solis administration has made sure that there will be recurrent conflicts related in trade of agro-industrial products to the Northern nation, Costa Rica's main trading partner.
As with the case of beef with other countries, Honduras has placed phytosanitary restrictions on 20,000 pounds of sausage from Nicaragua, which is being disputed by exporter Delmor S.A.
The general manager of Delmor S.A., Zacarias Mondragon confirmed that his company stopped exporting to the Honduran market because of the imposition of phytosanitary restrictions a year and a half ago by the authorities of that country.
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