Nicaraguan Exports to Venezuela

There are concerns that the trade partners are constructing a commercial “house of cards” built on shaky foundations made of political rhetoric.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

During Daniel Ortega’s government exports from Nicaragua to Venezuela have increased from $2m to $119m. The figure for 2010 will likely be double the latter. The main products exported are beans, meat and livestock.

However, if commercial relations between Colombia and Venezuela were to return to normal, Nicaraguan exports would quickly find themselves outcompeted due to differences in costs. reports that, “this is why Nicaraguan businesses are asking Ortega to formalize this sweet partnership by signing a free trade agreement with Venezuela now, before the bubble bursts. By establishing clear rules of the game, Nicaragua’s private sector hopes that trade relations may evolve beyond a casual handshake between Chávez and Ortega.”

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