Canicarne is demanding the repeal of the decree which establishes a fixed price of $250 for cattle weighing between 250 and 350 kilos, which favors the export of live cattle.
According to the Nicaraguan Chamber of Beef Exports (Canicarne), slaughterhouses are working at half capacity and demanding the repeal of the interministerial Mific-Magfor Decree 027-2007, believing that it encourages tax evasion in live cattle exports.
Industrialists have denounced sub invoicing in the sale of live cattle in Guatemala, as a fraudulent method of getting subsidies.
From an interview in Elnuevodiario.com by Leslie Nicholas Lacayo with Alfredo Marín, vice president of the Chamber of Industries of Nicaragua, who explains the causes of the decline in exports to Venezuela, a major beef market:
Unions in the region are asking their governments for more support for industry to help it to grow based on tax and customs systems that enable competitiveness.
Laprensa.com.ni reports that, "while there is no 24 hour, 365 days a year service at Nicaraguan borders, customsprocedures remain dependent on cumbersome paperwork and the flow of vehicles on existing roads remains congested, you can not discuss a customs union, said yesterday Alfredo Marin, vice president of the Chamber of Industries of Nicaragua (Cadin).
From July 1-4, the I International Fair of Trade and Industry, Exponica 2009, will take place in Managua, Nicaragua.
Exponica 2009, organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Nicaragua and the Chamber of Industries, aims to publicize Nicaraguan product offers both locally and internationally and to make international contacts that will help increase exports.
Nicaraguan cattle ranchers have increased their meat and milkexports to Venezuela by up to 35% of their production.
By selling at a price slightly lower than usual, Nicaraguan cattle farmers have found the palliative in the Venezuelan market for the shrinkage of their traditional markets, especially the United States. However, it is unknown how stable this new market will be.
Government and producers are analyzing imported Honduran products that could be affected by tariff measures, in response to restrictions on beef exports.
Laprensa.com.ni reports: "Nicaragua could apply "countervailing measures" on Honduras, in response to the restrictions on Nicaraguan beefexports that the Tegucigalpa applied last week in order to protect its local industry."