The fishing sector will liquidate more than US$ 300 million in the next 45 days

The fishing sector will liquidate more than US$ 300 million in the next 45 days

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The fishing industry will enter around US$ 310 million in the next 45 days, within the framework of the commitment assumed with the national government to speed up the process of liquidation of foreign exchange for exports, according to sources in the sector.

Next week, representatives of the fish chain will be received by the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Juan José Bahillo, to discuss the current situation in the sector and discuss different alternatives related to export and production, confirmed the sources consulted.

In this sense, the same spokesmen reaffirmed that the meeting will seek to articulate the commitment to accelerate the process of liquidation of foreign currency resulting from fishery exports, which are around US$ 310 million for the next 45 days, according to estimates made by the sector. .

The sources also specified that, in return, they hope to be able to get the Government to consider incorporating fishing into the regime established by the BCRA for agricultural exporters, which allows them to settle a portion of the foreign currency at the solidarity dollar exchange rate.

In addition, there would be a commitment to accelerate the payment of VAT refunds, it was detailed.

This Friday, Bahillo pointed out that the national government hopes that the export advance of US$ 5,000 million agreed with the agribusiness sector will be carried out “in the very short term.”.

The secretary referred, in this way, to the announcement that the Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa, made on Wednesday about the strengthening of reserves for which he announced that exports with the value chains of fishing, agriculture, mining and others, “will enter in the next 60 days for a total of 5,000 million dollars.”

In this spirit, the Government will meet next week with authorities and representatives of these productive sectors.

Bahillo said today that “with all sectors we must build a work and dialogue agenda, and seek consensus for decision-making and the application of more assertive public policies.”

“Sergio Massa gave us the responsibility to build trust through dialogue and consensus to achieve development so that producers can have the peace of mind to invest, plant and harvest more, because that will result in an improvement for the entire country,” he expanded. the manager of agriculture.

Fishing is the eighth export complex in Argentina, highlighted from the sector. In 2021, external shipments reached 1,990 million dollars (2.6% of total exports) and increased 15% compared to 2020, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (Indec).

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