Costa Rica: Protection for Domestic Pork

Imports of pork from Chile have grown and local pork producers are asking the government for actions to be taken to protect them from the competition.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Problems of competitiveness are emerging for some sectors of the Costa Rican agro/livestock production, as entrepreneurs from other countries with which it has free trade agreements -in this case Chile - are taking advantage of opportunities provided by those treaties.

Up until April this year 5,200 tons of pig meat was imported, mostly from Chile, some 1,200 tons more than was imported in all of 2014. Pork producers say that this increase is affecting them.

The president of the Chamber of Pork Producers of Costa Rica, Renato Alvarado, told that "... What concerns us most is that it is affecting the domestic market and also producers and it has not resulted in a reduction in the price for consumers, so we are calling on the authorities of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce, the Ministry of Agriculture to take action. "

"... The number of pig farmers has been declining since trade liberalization was approved, from 6,500 producers in 2000 to 3,500 in 2014. "

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