Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2017. 8:22 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize issued a press release informing that on February 13, a first shipment of live cattle was exported to Guatemala duty free, via the Belize-Guatemala Western Border.
This shipment marked the first export of live cattle under the Partial Scope Trade Agreement between the Governments of Belize and Guatemala. It activated the Sanitary Agreement signed between Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and its Guatemalan counterpart. It formalizes the trade of live cattle and provides a framework on which to build a robust cattle trade.
The release states that the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Immigration congratulates the private sector stakeholders, in particular cattle farmers from Spanish Lookout, for their historic export and urges all cattle producers to use the formal route for trade.
Banana Bank AgCo, the company that completed the first export of live cattle already exports corn and other products to Guatemala.
“The Ministry congratulates them and stand ready to assist others wishing to follow their lead,” it ends.
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