Sectors related to metal mechanics, tires, plastics, chemicals and electrics in Costa Rica have asked for their products to be excluded in the negotiation of a regional trade agreement with the Asian tiger.
The industrial and agricultural sectors are those who have objected in the process for negotiation of a free trade agreement with South Korea, arguing that some products would be hurt by the arrival of similar products from China.
Imports of pork from Chile have grown and local pork producers are asking the government for actions to be taken to protect them from the competition.
Problems of competitiveness are emerging for some sectors of the Costa Rican agro/livestock production, as entrepreneurs from other countries with which it has free trade agreements -in this case Chile - are taking advantage of opportunities provided by those treaties.
Pork producers in Costa Rica are complaining that they are trying to directly export pork to Asian markets, but slaughterhouses "only want the business for themselves."
Porcicultor industry entrepreneurs are trying to open new markets, especially in countries with which Costa Rica has signed trade agreements, but are complaining that slaughterhouses have rejected their applications for processing meat, sometimes citing lack of certifications and in other cases, because " ... 'What slaughterhouses want is customers and to keep paying low prices to producers"," said the Speaker of the Chamber of Pork Producers, Renato Alvarado to Elfinancierocr.com ."
Warnings have been issued that a projected health license suspension for transport in border areas could encourage smuggling of pigs from Nicaragua.
The Costa Rican Chamber of Pork Producers believes that the proposal to remove the sanitary license for the movement of pigs in the north will encourage smuggling from Nicaragua. This measure was included in the negotiations between producers, particularly of cattle, in the north and authorities from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG).