BOLIVIA/CHILE: Vegetable oil feud escalates
The food industries of Bolivia and Chile are suffering the consequences of a bi-national trade battle over cooking oils. Claiming unfair competition from Bolivia, Chile's vegetable oil producers managed to push through legislation that applies a 48% import tax on all edible oil imports. This represents a tax increase of up to 50% on some edible oil coming from Bolivia. In retaliation, Bolivian authorities are planning to eliminate the import tax discount of 75%, which have allowed Chilean oils to penetrate the Bolivian market.
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