In 2015 the region as a whole imported $96 million worth of processed meat, led by El Salvador, which imported $25 million, followed by Guatemala with $22 million, and Honduras, with $16 million.
Figures onForeign Trade in Sausages Meat and Similar Products in Central America,analyzed by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData.com show that in 2015 the countries of Central America imported 33,528 tons of processed meat, equivalent to $96 million.
After having granted permits to import processed meats from 7 plants in Brazil, the government decided to reverse the decision and suspend the imports in order to show "solidarity" to domestic producers.
The Panamanian Food Safety Authority"... taking into consideration denouncements from the productive sectors in the country, the Honorable Deputies of the Republic of Panama and other authorities, and in solidarity with this sector, which is of paramount national importance, has taken the decision to issue resolutions, through which the approval of the 7 processed meat plants in the Republic of Brazil are "suspended", so that our authorities, who are committed to the domestic agricultural sector, can develop the best policies in this regard and contribute to strengthening these sectors."
Frozen meat and meat products such as sausages, ham and salami are some of the goods imported by supermarkets, restaurants and hotels in India.
From a report by Eurocarne.com:
The Foreign Service at the United States Department of Agriculture has prepared a report on the situation of the pork production in India and trade of this product.According to the report, the Asian country produced around 464,000 tons of this product from April 2014 to March 2015 and this amount accounts for 8% of the total protein intake in the country. It also states that the figure is 1.4% more than in the same period in previous years.
At least ten companies are competing in a market where the amount of tons sold between 2008 and 2013 grew by 24%.
In Costa Rica, the market for sausages is fought over by at least 10 companies, where Corporación Pipasa, a subsidiary of Cargill International, is the largest participant. Whereas in 2008 20.2 tonnes of sausages sold in, 2013, 25 tons were sold in the country.
Nicaragua's government is blaming beef and sausages exporters for the blocks on their products, for not having obtained the required export licenses.
"The Minister of Industry and Commerce, Orlando Solorzano, blamed Nicaraguan businesses for the obstacles they face at a regional level in exporting their meat and sausages. The official said the exporters have failed to meet various requirements in the process for getting export licenses", reported Laprensa.com.ni.
As with the case of beef with other countries, Honduras has placed phytosanitary restrictions on 20,000 pounds of sausage from Nicaragua, which is being disputed by exporter Delmor S.A.
The general manager of Delmor S.A., Zacarias Mondragon confirmed that his company stopped exporting to the Honduran market because of the imposition of phytosanitary restrictions a year and a half ago by the authorities of that country.
The company Delmor will begin exporting sausages to Venezuela next year through a contract with a Danish company.
Zacharias Mondragón, Delmor’s manager, said that they will start with about 8 containers a month in the first three months of 2012, and in the long term send about 20 containers a month to the Venezuelan market.
Certification by Venezuelan health authorities is still pending.
The Guatemalan food processing company, which currently exports to Nicaragua and Honduras, is looking to break into the Costa Rican market.
The general manager of the company's Perry branded cold meats and sausages, Juan José Herrera, indicated that the procedures required by Costa Rican authorities had been completed and the Cargill is awaiting authorization to begin exporting.