U.S. Meat with Free Entry to Costa Rica

As part of the FTA signed between the two countries, since January 1, 2020 beef and pork from the U.S. do not pay tariffs or taxes on entry into Costa Rica.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

According to the Free Trade Agreement signed, the relief of beef and pork will be valid for 15 years, while the so-called black parts of the chicken, such as thighs and others, will be released until January 1, 2022, in this case for the term of 17 years.

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Mariela Pacheco, Walmart's Assistant Manager of Corporate Affairs, told Nacion.com that "... imports make it possible to satisfy the supply needs for different formats, because the local market is not self-sufficient, even though the company always buys and supports the national producer." Regarding the possible drop in prices, she explained that "... It will not necessarily be like that. The lack of protein in the world has led to an increase in the cost of meat in the domestic market."

Also see "Central America Consumes More Pork Meat"

For Luis Fernando Solis, president of the National Association of Butchers, "... imports certainly have an effect on price reduction, but it is focused on those who buy directly from abroad or from chains that purchase what is brought in by importing companies."

Pig farmers explained that what is most imported from the U.S. is pork, chop and ribs. In the case of beef, high quality cuts are usually bought from American companies, with more fat component compared to the local product.

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