El Salvador Reopens Border to Guatemalan Pork

The Ministry of Livestock authorized for a year the entrance of live pigs and meat from certified farms.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The authorization was issued after testing showed no traces of swine flu.

According to the Ministry of Economy of Guatemala, it is satisfying to have solved the two year old problem.

After performing the inspection of pork producers by Guatemalan authorities and Plant Health and Animal of El Salvador, the country authorized entry of these meats for not presenting a health risk, extending the certification for one year.

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Guatemala and the Possibility of Exporting Pork Meat

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Guatemalan authorities will meet with a committee of the World Organization for Animal Health, in order to declare the country free of classical swine fever and restart foreign sales.

The restrictions date back many years, since in 2011 the countries of the region established barriers to the entry of pork from Guatemala, after the presence of Classical Swine Fever was detected.

Guatemala to Export Pork Again

April 2018

Entrepreneurs in the sector plan to resume sales to El Salvador and Honduras during the second half of the year, after their restriction in 2011.

In 2011, countries in the region imposed restrictions on the entry of pork from Guatemala, after detecting the presence of Classical Swine Fever. Now, Guatemalan pork producers are preparing to resume sales in the coming months.

Pork Commerce Still Blocked

January 2010

El Salvador delayed until January 15 a resolution regarding allowing entrance to Guatemalan pork.

On December 2009, a commission from the Salvadoran Agriculture Ministry inspected Guatemalan pork farms, taking samples with them.

Marco Tulio Figueroa, president of Apogua, Guatemala's Pork Producers Association, told Prensalibre.com: "...if there is no solution on behalf of the Salvadoran Agriculture Ministry, we will escalate the situation to Sieca (Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration), as it is a trade conflict".

Guatemala Complains to El Salvador for Blocking Pork

November 2009

The Government of Guatemala consulted its Salvadoran homologous for blocking Guatemalan pork.

Rubén Morales, Economy minister, explained they "will study this measure and consult the Salvadoran Government on this situation".

"Apogua, the Association of Pork Producers of Guatemala, denounced that El Salvador is blocking the entrance of pork, even though the World Organization for Animal Health certified Guatemala as free from pork flu on October 8th", reported Google News.

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