Guatemala Considering Removing Bean Tariffs

Due to low domestic black bean production, the Government could authorize a temporary elimination of import tariffs on the product.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

As Guatemalan officials forecast a drop of 38.000 quintals for this season's production, the Economy Ministry could authorize importing the grain tariff-free.

"The problems with the current harvest are caused by drought, explained Erasmo Velásquez, economy vice minister", reports "The official said they will import 2 thousand metric tons of black bean from Mexico, U.S.A and Argentina".

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Mexico to Buy 150,000 Tons of Beans

February 2012

It is estimated that domestic production will not cover domestic demand due to drought forecast for this cycle, so the government will increase the import quota of the grain by 50,000 tons.

Official counts estimate that domestic production will be insufficient to meet domestic demand, given the drought forecasts for the next cycle, so the Ministry of Economy of Mexico has decided to increase import quotas for beans.

El Salvador: Beans Yet to Arrive from China

April 2011

The Ministry for Farming has still not managed to import the amount of beans necessary to cover the national supply shortage.

To date, the sending of the first 60,000 hundredweight has not been completed and no information has been made available as to the terms of the supply agreement.

Chinese Bean to Arrive El Salvador in March

February 2011

90 thousand quintals of Chinese beans will enter the country in March and will be distributed two weeks later.

The announcement was made by the head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Guillermo López Suárez.

"It is hoped that the marketing of the beans will allow the price to reach $ 0.75, as the government will subsidize part of the price," stated the article in

El Salvador to Import Beans from China

February 2011

To meet domestic demand, the government announced the import of 9.000 tons of red beans from China.

With an investment of $ 4.5 million, the shipment would arrive in February and its distribution is to begin in March of next year, announced the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Guillermo López Suárez.

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