The floating market at Punda in Curacao
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- There is a growing shortage of items at the floating market at Punda in Curacao following Venezuela’s recently introduced ban on 21 products that may not be exported.
Venezuelan vendors sell their goods directly from their boats at Punda’s famous market. All the goods come from Venezuela and are fresh every day, including fruits, vegetables and fish.
However, a presidential decree published in the Venezuelan Official Gazette states that “it shall be prohibited the export or extraction of items and products of the basic food basket, supplies, medicines, and other imported goods or products to be consumed by the people.”
Products which are not allowed to be exported are:
• Food: oil (corn, soy, sunflower, palm), food for animals, rice, beans, tuna and sardines, sugar, coffee, meat, cattle, flour (corn, soy, wheat, sunflower), milk, white and yellow corn, butter and margarine, pasta, chicken eggs, mayonnaise and ketchup, bologna, salt, potatoes, and tomato.
• Personal hygiene: disposable diapers, toilet paper, sanitary pads, shampoo, bath soap, toothpaste, laundry bar soap, detergents, cleansers, razors, and hair dye.
• Health: medicines, surgical material, medical replacements, dental supplies, raw material, and other supplies.
• Education and housing: text books, uniforms, and school supplies, cement, steel bars, and blocks.
• Finished products: aluminum, iron, steel, cardboard, and paper.
The decree also provides that military and police authorities shall implement inspection, verification, and surveillance plans in commercial, industrial and service facilities, and enforce the corresponding sanctions.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle