Published On: Wed, Sep 3rd, 2014

Imports from Venezuela in serious trouble

Floating marketWILLEMSTAD – There is a growing problem with the supply of certain products at the floating market in Punda. Venezuela has recently introduced a ban on 21 products that may not be exported.

The presidential decree published in the Venezuelan Official Gazette states that "it shall be prohibited the export or extraction of items and products of the basic food basket, supplies, medicines, and other imported goods or products to be consumed by the people."

Products which are not allowed to be exported are:

Food: oil (corn, soy, sunflower, palm), food for animals, rice, beans, tuna and sardines, sugar, coffee, meat, cattle, flour (corn, soy, wheat, sunflower), milk, white and yellow corn, butter and margarine, pasta, chicken eggs, mayonnaise and ketchup, bologna, salt, potatoes, and tomato.

Personal hygiene: disposable diapers, toilet paper, sanitary pads, shampoo, bath soap, toothpaste, laundry bar soap, detergents, cleansers, razors, and hair dye.

Health: medicines, surgical material, medical replacements, dental supplies, raw material, and other supplies.

Education and housing: text books, uniforms, and school supplies, cement, steel bars, and blocks.

Finished products: aluminum, iron, steel, cardboard, and paper.

The decree also provides that military and police authorities shall implement inspection, verification, and surveillance plans in commercial, industrial, and service facilities and enforce the corresponding sanctions.

According to the vendors from Venezuela, the measures taken by the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro will soon be felt in the Curacao market.


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