China Buys More Costa Rican Beef

After the sanitary protocol to sell meat to China came into effect and the industrial plants in Costa Rica were certified, the Central American country's sales to the Asian giant doubled between 2018 and 2019.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Figures from the Foreign Trade Promotion Agency (Procomer) show that in 2018 beef sales to China reached $22 million, while in 2019 they doubled to $57 million.

Regarding the volume traded, this increased by 122% for the years in question, from 6,301 tons to 14,014 tons.

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Diego Obando, executive director of the Livestock Development Corporation (Corfoga), explained to that this rise is due to the entry into "... force of the sanitary protocol for selling meat to China, first, and then by the certification of industrial plants, which ended up pushing exports to that country."

Obando added that "... Besides the opening of the market, the great increase in sales of the last two years has two relevant factors ... the first one, the reduction in the Chinese internal supply of pork, very affected by the appearance of swine fever. This generated that the population with good levels of purchasing power made a substitution of protein with the consumption of beef."

According to the executive, the other aspect that has influenced is that Costa Rican sales to Puerto Rico have fallen, since the island's internal demand has been reduced as a result of the hurricanes that have affected it.

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