Venezuela Imposes New Rules for Imported Meat

Meat exporters are now required to ship specialized cuts, plus adding labels to specify type and weight of each item.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Nicaragua, an important exporter of meat to Venezuela, has complained that these measures were not included in an agreement signed by Nicaraguan slaughterhouses and Venezuelan entrepreneurs.

“Nicaraguan exporters are ‘unhappy’ with the new measures, arguing they will increase production costs, as they’ll need to purchase new machinery, hire additional staff and modify the slaughter, cut and packing process”, reported

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