Impact on Prices of Non-tariff Measures

Lack of regional standardized sanitary requirements, registration, labeling and certification, is making food more expensive and reducing competitiveness.

Friday, September 6, 2013

From a statement by the World Bank:

BM / Central America: NTMs increase product prices by 30 percent

The application of non-tariff measures, such as the requirements for the import and export of food and beverages, have a significant impact on trade in Central America and raise the price of commodities by up to 30 percent according to a new World Bank study.

A study entitled "Non-Tariff Measures in Central America: Economic impact and price rises" acknowledges that non-tariff measures have legitimate objectives such as the protection of human health, animal and plant health, but warns of the risk of countries choosing to use them in order to protect local industry.

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