Coronavirus: How to Avoid Shortage?

Allowing import, export and transit processes to be carried out efficiently is the recommendation of the region's businessmen to avoid product shortages in the regional market.

Monday, March 16, 2020

For the Federation of Chambers and Industrial Associations of Central America and the Dominican Republic (Fecaica), governments should continue to take the measures considered necessary so that the cases detected so far do not continue to multiply, or at least, the contagion curve can be minimized, taking actions such as activating and expanding emergency response mechanisms and informing the population about the risks and ways to protect themselves.

The Fecaica statement specifies that "... regional coordination and the adoption of joint measures should continue, via the SICA Secretariat and competent bodies such as COMISCA, COMIECO and the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, among others."

Julio Castilla Peláez, President of the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce, the economic repercussions of the Covid-19 are not only worrying, but also represent a huge challenge and are affecting trade.

The leader of the guild believes that the commercial sector is currently facing a challenge to keep the categories of hygiene products, antibacterial soaps, alcohol gels, and cleaning products supplied, due to the health alert issued in relation to this virus, which has had a direct effect on the supply chain.

Pelaez said that "... From our sector we make an urgent call to the government to relax the rules and avoid the contraction of the sector's activity. Currently registering a product, or modifying a registration, can take weeks and does not allow businesses to respond immediately to consumer demand, in the midst of a national emergency."

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