Guatemala and Honduras: Conflict Over Chicken Meat

The Hernández administration has denounced the fact that Guatemalan authorities are imposing non-tariff barriers on the entry of chicken from Honduras.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras, Jacobo Paz, announced that since they have not been able to resolve the problem with their counterparts in Guatemala, they will submit the case to the Council of the Minister of Economic Integration (Comieco). 

See: "Central America Consumes More Pork Meat"

Paz explained to Laprensa.hn that "... It is a subject where there has been a high degree of arbitrariness on the part of the Guatemalan authorities.  We have a differentiated health status, there should be no problem with the entry of this product into the neighboring country.  Paz said that the amount of losses has not yet been quantified, since most of the meat production is consumed nationwide.

"... For its part, Honduras also placed restrictions on the entry of pork coming from Guatemala.  "We did it because they had an outbreak of classical swine fever, and they have not been able to prove they are free of the disease."  The guild of pork producers in Guatemala affirmed that there are no signs of the disease in the country."

More on this topic

Honduras Lifts Restriction on Guatemalan Pork

January 2018

Since January 19, the measure imposed last August by the Honduran government last August, which prevented the entry of pork products and by-products from Guatemala, has been lifted.

After consultation meetings on this matter, Honduras lifted the measure, reestablishing, as of January 19 of this year, the entry of processed meats and sausages into the Honduran market corresponding to tariff items 1601.00.30.00, 1601.00.90.00, 1602.41. 00.00 and 1602.49.90.00.

Guatemala: No Rise on Tariffs on Chicken Imports

November 2015

Following the doubts raised after the circulation of a document related to the topic, the government clarified that the tax on the import of poultry meat will remain unchanged.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy:

The Minister of Economy, Jorge Mendez Herbruger, said there is no reason why the price of chicken meat will increase and that the document that has been circulated is a technical document worked on by the Ministry of Finance, the Tax Administration and Central American Economic Integration Secretariat, which has not been approved by the higher authorities.

El Salvador Restricts Imports of US Chickens and Eggs

March 2015

The Ministry of Agriculture has declared an alert over animal health and banned the import of eggs and poultry from several US states due to avian influenza detected there.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG):

In order to protect poultry and so that El Salvador is not affected by avian influenza, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) has declared an animal health alert across the country, and prohibited the import eggs and poultry from the United States without proper sanitation procedures.

Honduras Negotiating Entry of Chicken to U.S.

May 2013

Authorities at the Ministry of Agriculture have been to the United States to negotiate the entry of Honduran chicken to that market.

The delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) will be completing the process to gain authorization for Honduran chicken meat to enter the country with officials from the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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