The food industry reports monopolies in commodities like liquefied gas, high tariffs on imports and over-regulation.
The Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry maintains strong opposition to the coming into effect of the Free Trade Agreement with China and asked the members of the Legislature to reject the signing of this and other trade agreements, until the country has solved a large number of structural weaknesses which hinder the development of competitiveness and innovation of Costa Rican companies.
The Costa Rican Food Industry Chamber called for the withdrawal of a 45% tariff protecting sugar.
The Chamber calls for the removal of all distortions present in the market of food raw materials, of which sugar is one of the most important and widely used. Marco Cercone, president of the Chamber, noted that the monopoly has raised prices up 22%, and said increase makes it impossible for the food industry to compete, taking its highest toll among small and medium companies.
Lack of results in eliminating unnecessary requirements and no progress on liberalization of raw materials are casting doubts on businessmen.
In a letter sent to the Minister of Foreign Trade, Anabel Gonzalez, the Board of the Costa Rican Food Industry (CACIA) ratified its opposition to further opening the domestic market to imports from Peru, due to the lack of concrete results in the competitiveness agenda.
The Chamber of Food Industry rejected the announcement of the Agro-Industrial Sugar Cane League to increase domestic price of sugar.
A recent announcement by the Agro-Industrial Sugar Cane League with regards to intentions of increasing domestic price of sugar, prompted the Costa Rican Food Industry (CACIA) to react immediately, believing that it is wrong and inappropriate to change the local price only when international price rises, problem caused by protective tariffs granted by the Government.
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