Peru: Ecuador's restrictions affect exporters

Yesterday, during the presentation of Expoalimentaria, which will be held in Lima between August 27 and 29, Jorge Rochabrunt, head of the Exporters Association (Adex), said that the trade restrictions imposed by the Ecuadorian government had hurt more than a hundred national exporting companies. 

The manager said that Ecuador's Good Living Plan, where import substitution policies are collected, has lead to the imposition of insurmountable technical barriers for Peruvian entrepreneurs and a decrease of at least $100 million in exports to the neighbouring northern country. 

"This is the result of the restrictions that Ecuador has been imposing on us using technical mechanisms (the requirement of certification). However, after some analysis, we have discovered that it's been an import substitution policy expressed in government documents, and that is sovereign," said manager. 

The Mystery Foreign Trade and Industry is currently reviewing this issue. Minister Magali Silva has met with representatives of Adex, business associations and the Chamber of Commerce to create government policies in response to the Ecuadorian restrictions. 

According to Jorge Rochabrunt, behind the restrictions on containers that stay in customs for technical reasons is a clear state policy in Ecuador, which will continue to substitute imports. 

During the conference, Expoalimentaria was defined as the regional hub for the export of food. The fair is expected to attract 2,500 international buyers, who will have the opportunity to do business with over 650 Peruvian and foreign exhibitors. 

Adex, Promperu, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism and Production organize the event. 

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