Barriers to Dairy Products

In Panama, the agribusiness sector and the government agreed to review all legal details to assess an increase from 15% to 30% in the import tariff for mozzarella cheeses.

Friday, November 16, 2018

This week, the country's dairy agribusiness sector met with President Juan Carlos Varela and representatives of the Ministries of Agricultural Development and Trade and Industries.

Regarding the most important agreements made, Panamaamerica.com.pa notes that "... the Ministry of Commerce Industries will review all legal issues for the implementation of a 15% to 30% increase in tariff on mozzarella cheese."

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In addition to the increase in Mozzarella cheese tariffs, the session also agreed on a plan for direct technical assistance implemented to some 4,500 producers, activate a major national campaign for the consumption of milk and dairy products, implement in the next 30 days strategies with the agro-exporting sub-dairy products, mainly cheeses. And finally, funds were secured for the final part of the 10 cents compensation payment to producers of grade C milk.

Regarding trade in milk and dairy products among Central American countries, between the first quarter of 2017 and the same period in 2018, there was a slight decrease of 1%, dropping from $77.3 million to $76.5 million.

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