Costa Rica: Livestock Breeders Request Tariff Protection

Fearing massive meat imports from South America, they are requesting to increase tariffs from 15 to 45%.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Meat price in the Southern Cone of America is normally half the price of meat in Costa Rica or U.S., but imports from these markets where not possible due to sanitary restrictions. However, these restrictions have disappeared, as Uruguay and large portions of Brazil and Argentina have been declared "aftosa fever free, with vaccination".

To foster imports, the price factor is added to the world renowned quality of meat from the American south, specially Uruguay and Argentina.

In his article, Marvin Barquero states that "up to now, only Uruguayan plants have requested sanitary permits to send beef to Costa Rica. Quirós said a 20 ton container was received, but Senasa reported approved permits for just 18 kilograms of meat, for the Uruguayan Embassy in the country".

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