Block on Meat and Sausage Imports (2)

Nicaragua's government is blaming beef and sausages exporters for the blocks on their products, for not having obtained the required export licenses.

Friday, March 2, 2012

"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

Solorzano cites as an example that last November, the Guatemalan authorities inspected slaughterhouses in Nicaragua. They left an inspection certificate and a list of questions to be addressed by the head office. As of last week, one of the slaughterhouses had not responded. This meant that the response which the the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry needed to give to the health authorities in Guatemala on the general state of slaughterhouses was delayed, the minister explained.

Slaughterhouse managers had complained that Guatemala was blocking the entry of 40,000 pounds of beef for phytosanitary reasons, a decision that executives attributed to reasons related to local industry interests being protected.

For its part the company Delmor Inc. also complained of non-tariff barriers from Honduras over a quota of 20,000 pounds of sausage.

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