Dairy: Clarification in Alleged Conflict Between El Salvador and Honduras

The Salvadoran government has stated that there are no instructions to establish import tariffs on Salvadoran products in any Honduran government institution.

Monday, April 9, 2018

n dir="ltr">From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador:

April 6, 2018. The Ministry of Economy, in light of news circulating in various media outlets that the Honduran government will take reciprocal measures against Salvadoran
dairy products, wishes to make public knowledge that:

High-level efforts have been made with the Honduran counterpart in charge of foreign trade, the Ministry of Economic Development, to express our concern about this situation that is generating uncertainty for Salvadoran dairy product exports to that country.

See also: "Central American Trade in Milk and Dairy Up 4%"

The MINEC denies the assertions in which it is stated that El Salvador has established arbitrary measures against imports of dairy products originating in Honduras, in both sanitary and tariff matters. The sanitary measures established by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador for dairy products since July of 2017 were informed and agreed upon with the health authorities of Honduras, including a transition period for their implementation. The objective of these measures is to ensure the quality of packaging and bottling of dairy products that are sold in our country and to prevent any impact on the health of consumers, since our main objective is to guarantee our population their rights.

Read full release (in Spanish).

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