Published On: Fri, Jun 1st, 2018

End of the Venezuelan embargo. Nevertheless, prices of fruit and vegetables continue to rise

fruits_vegetablesWILLEMSTAD - The fear was that during the Venezuelan embargo, fruit and vegetables in Curaçao would become very expensive. This did not happen but striking now: the prices continue to rise after the lifting of the embargo.

Since the Venezuelan barges are allowed to supply fruit and vegetables, customers notice that it is no longer as before. The location has been moved to a less central location and the products are more expensive. A customer reacts angrily when she hears that she only gets three frying bananas for the same price: "I do not accept this. I used to buy six for five guilders. "

Marc Marshall, director of the consumer organization, also says he receives signals. "The high prices there ensure that even in the supermarkets' prices do not go to the level of before the Venezuelan embargo," he says.

Center Supermarket is the largest buyer of the Venezuelan market. According to business manager Ronnie Jansen of the store in Piscadera, the prices for the buyers have risen considerably. He mentions purchase prices that are thirty percent higher. "For some products, the price has even doubled."

One of the Venezuelan sellers says that it is the huge inflation in his country. Another claims that he must transfer twenty percent of the turnover from Curaçao in dollars to the Venezuelan government. It concerns the so-called 80-20 regulation that applies to the export of certain products.

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