Buenos Aires businessmen warned that exports in some industrial sectors fell - some of them with a history of high export power - and that today the lack of competitiveness deactivated their exit to the world. They also emphasized that the decline of the Argentine brand in the world was due to bureaucratic obstacles and lack of encouragement policies for manufacturers able to send products to other markets. To reactivate the activity and find predictability in costs, they demanded a dollar to govern the foreign trade.
The proposal arose in a meeting between industrialists and national and provincial officials in the Industrial Park Los Plátanos, Berazategui, which was made to share tools and strategies that benefit exports.
The exchange rate lag was present over the meeting, although representatives of the Argentine Investment and Trade Promotion Agency and the Buenos Aires Ministry of Economy made it clear that macroeconomic measures to correct distortion were not decisions to be made by these areas.
There are three problems that concern industrialists: the structure of costs that does not find stability; the fluctuation of the American dollar and the fear of an opening of imports that leads them to think about closing their factories. "Today we just pray that Argentina does not open borders to Chinese products because we disappear," told one of the participants of the meeting.
"The exchange rate lag is not only a variable that stifles competitiveness, but its fluctuation causes a budget to be profitable one day, but a loss the next day, according to the dollar's price," said the owner of one of the seven companies that produces plastic manufactures. But it is not only the value of the American currency but also, in those 30 days, the cost of electric energy grew and new corrections are expected in the gas.
The Government knows that there are also bureaucratic obstacles that run counter to business. It announced to the businessmen that the Exporta Fácil project is advanced, in order to lower costs in commercial exchanges with a low quantity of merchandise, which in some cases serve only as a sample in a new market.
Date: February 19, 2017.