Panama's Agricultural Protectionism Continues

The Ministry of Agriculture is planning to invest $6 million to buy between 13,000 and 20,000 liters of milk in the first stage and to convert these purchases into a "state policy".  

Monday, July 17, 2017

Amid the complaints from local producers, who cite loss of competitiveness of local production compared to imported dairy products, the Panamanian government announced that it will begin a milk purchase process to distribute nationwide through the IMA and other institutions.

Eduardo Carles, Minister of Agricultural Development, explained to that "... what they are looking for are options for the purchase of milk to become a state policy, as has been done with the purchase of pork, rice, tubers, tomatoes, onions, among other things."

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

"... In addition, the import tariff for mozzarella cheese is to be raised from 15% to 30%." Next week, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce will present the proposal to the Cabinet, Carles said."

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