Saturday, 24 October 2020

Costa Rica Rice Importation: The “Blessing” Unveiled

Costa Rican food : casado (rice, beans, fried plantains, salad and a
The casado, a Costa Rica typical dish of beans, fried plantains (platanos), salad and rice.

OPINION – On September 26, 2015, I published an article on the Q entitled: “Costa Rica Rice Crop Failure Due To Drought: Could This Be A Blessing in Disguise?”.

Today (Monday) in La Nacion, I note an article where the Government, due to the rice crop failures and consequential rice shortages, brought about by the drought caused by the “El Nino” phenomenon, is preparing a Decree to allow the importation of rice, without imposing the protectionist tariff, designed to protect and subsidize Costa Rican rice farmers.

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The net result will be a lower cost for rice for all consumers, as I predicted might well be the case, as was stated in my previous blog. Hence, the “blessing” has been unveiled.

I have never understood why local rice farmers can’t grow rice at competitive prices with, or indeed lower prices than, imported rice. My only thinking is that the rice farmers enjoy a very strong political lobby in Costa Rica.

In my opinion, since rice is such a staple product in the Costa Rican diet (gallo pinto, etc.), it is particularly unfair to charge consumers, especially the poor, a subsidy on the price of rice, only for the benefit of the rice farmers, many, if not all, who are very wealthy in their own right. I believe that if you can’t grow rice competitively, then grow a different crop such as pineapple, that is competitive.

Costa Ricans suffer enough from all sorts of unfair tax levies and assessments, perpetrated by a never ending succession of corrupt and biased Governments.

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Protectionist import duties on vehicles, when there is no vehicle industry in Costa Rica to protect; excessive gasoline taxes; and increasing the taxable value of older vehicles as they become older, to name but a few.

It is time that the Costa Rican government is held accountable by the taxpayers for these unfair and abusive practices.

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Richard Philps
Richard Philpshttp://costaricacanadalaw.com/
Attorney Richard (Rick) Philps is a Canadian citizen, naturalized as a citizen of Costa Rica. Rick practiced law in Victoria, B.C., Canada as a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, for fourteen years, prior to moving to Costa Rica in 1998. Rick then earned his Bachelor of Laws and Licensing Degrees (Civil Law), with Honours, and a Post-Graduate Degree in Notary and Registry Law, from the Metropolitana Castro Carazo and Escuela Libre de Derecho Universities, in San Jose. Rick is a member of the Costa Rica College of Lawyers, and practices law in Costa Rica in the areas of real estate and development, corporate, commercial, contract, immigration, and banking. To contact Attorney Rick Philps about hiring him as your Costa Rican Attorney; Email: rick@costaricacanadalaw.com, Website: www.costaricacanadalaw.com

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