Complaints are being made over the sampling process used to verify product quality which is causing delays, forcing goods to be kept at the border for up to 15 days.
The union of the dairy sector in Nicaragua says that the waiting time for the results of the quality test is not supposed to be more than 8 days, but when samples are sent which were taken from El Amatillo to San Salvador, the process is much longer.
The dairy sector in Nicaragua has denounced the imposition of non-tariff barriers by Honduras, whose health authorities have delayed the renewal of certificates for nicaraguan plants.
It has been estimated that 750,000 liters of milk per month have ceased to be exported to Honduras since November 2015, because the National Agricultural Health Service has not renewed certification of dairy plants in Nicaragua. This was stated to Elnuevodiario.com.ni by Alfredo Lacayo, executive director of Centrolac. Lacayo added that this situation is affecting not only the industrial dairy sector but also farmers.
An initiative by exporters of dairy products is seeking to meet the requirements for a designation of origin or "country brand" for cheese produced and exported from Nicaragua.
The goal of the Nicaraguan Development Institute (INDE) and the dairy sector is to promote the export of cheese by getting an declaration of origin, as possessed by cheeses exported from El Salvador, produced, in most cases, with Nicaraguan raw material.
So far this year 21.8 million kilos of liquid milk have been exported, 9 million more than in the same period of 2014.
Sales of various presentations such as skim milk, low-fat, lactose-free, whole milk reported up to 21 April an increase of about 70% in both value and volume, as reported by the Center for Exports. So far this year about $17.3 million has been generated from sales of fluid milk.
On 12 and 13 February livestock and dairy sector representatives will be meeting to discuss issues such as primary production and processing of raw materials.
The XIII Congress will be run by the Nicaraguan Chamber of Dairy Sector (CANISLAC) and will include the participation of specialists in the area who will give talks and lectures around two main axes, market demand and the transformation of raw materials.
Meat sales abroad in the first half of the year amounted to $207.8 million, 14% more than in the same period in 2013.
Exports of milk in the period in question also showed a better performance despite the drought affecting some of the country's production areas, since they increased by 17% compared to the first half of 2013.
The agreement grants permission to all Nicaraguan factories that had historically exported to El Salvador.
Additionally, starting August 10, plants that don't have their permits up to date will be reinspected.
"... for the last eight years there have been continuous issues for Nicaraguan dairy products entering El Salvador, although exporting factories were certified by Salvadoran authorities", published El Nuevo Diario in its website. "This agreement is favorable for Nicaragua's dairy sector. It has to do with the analysis of merchandise at the border, with microbiological analysis and the need to pair Nicaraguan and Salvadoran sanitary processes...".