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Bolivian market now open to U.S. red meat

By Orpan - 20/07/2020

According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service’s new Export Library entry for Bolivia, U.S. meat and meat products produced in the U.S. are eligible, along with casings derived from livestock slaughtered under inspection in the United States. All federally inspected plants are eligible for export.

Last year Bolivia reported beef imports of 1,831 metric tons (mt), mainly from Brazil along with small volumes from Argentina. Imports were valued at $2.6 million. Pork imports, which were almost entirely from Brazil, totaled 443 mt valued at about $1 million.

Bolivia’s imports of sausages, which are mainly from Brazil, totaled more than 5,000 mt in 2016 (valued at USD5.7 million, suggesting low-cost poultry sausages might account for most of the trade) but were reported at just 446 mt last year, valued at USD474,000. Bolivia also imports prepared beef products from Brazil (1,422 mt in 2019, valued at USD1.7 million) and small volumes of prepared pork products.

Most South American suppliers have duty-free access to Bolivia, which is an associate member of the Mercosur trade bloc. U.S. beef, pork and lamb muscle cuts and variety meats entering Bolivia will be subject to a 10% duty rate. The 10% rate also applies to most other red meat products, with the exception of prepared or preserved beef (HS Code 160250), for which the rate is 20%, and prepared or preserved pork (HS Code 1602), which is subject to duties of 10% to 20%. Duty rates for poultry also range from 10% to 20%.

By Orpan - 20/07/2020
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ORPAN was established in 1955 by brothers Joaquin Soruco (1908 – 1984) and Gonzalo Soruco (1910 – 1994). It was one of the first specialized law firms in patent and trademark matters in Bolivia.

The daughter of co-founder Joaquín Soruco, Mrs. Pilar Soruco, took over the direction of ORPAN in 1986.

At present, Mrs. Soruco is the main partner of ORPAN, working with a specialized team of more than 20 attorneys, assistants and paralegals.