Alarm Over Import Restrictions in Costa Rica

The protectionist measures being implemented by the Solis administration through non-tariff barriers are causing concern to the union of importers.

Friday, May 22, 2015

The recent ban on imports of avocados from nine markets comes on top of the decision to raise the tariff on rice imports, both market distorting measures intended to protect local production.

José Manuel Quirce, president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Importers (Crecex) told that "... 'Obviously regulations must be complied with for imports, but the country must guard against abuses that harms relations with trading partners.'"

"... The business leader said that if there are aspects that need to be fixed a reasonable time to correct them should be given, but they must act with prudence, without violations. "

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