Certification of Poultry Plants to Export to the US

The poultry industry in Nicaragua plans to initiate efforts to obtain certification so that its plants can start exporting chicken meat to the United States.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Since the certification process can take up to three years, the aim of the poultry industry is to start early in order to be ready to start exporting to the US market before the end of the period of tariff reduction set by the DR-CAFTA.

Alfredo Velez, vice president of the company Cargill of Nicaragua and president of the National Association of Poultry Farmers and Food Producers (ANAP) told Elnuevodiario.com.ni that "... 'In the United States the process takes a long time. Typically it takes three years. As CAFTA ends in seven years (zero tariffs for all products), we believe we can have certification about three years before the end of the CAFTA, as with the precedent that part of that process has already been approved by Honduras'. According to Velez, chicken breast has a very attractive price in the United States and can be competitive for the industry. "

"... The process consists of companies expressing to the Government of Nicaragua, through the Institute for the Protection and Animal Health (IPSA), their wish to become certified to export to a specific country, in this case the poultry sector to America. Then the government asks the health authorities of that country to come and inspect processing plants and after they have visited they approve or deny the certification. "

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