Caracas (AFP) – Caracas-based Cabelas has opened a store in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after the country’s government lifted a two-year ban on imports of Venezuelan meat.
Cabelas said it would be able to sell its Venezuelan meat in Argentina because of the lifting of the ban.
“We are very pleased to open a store at Cádeas (Argentina) as a result of the decision of the Argentine government to lift the ban,” said José Luis Mascarell, chief executive of Cabelás in Argentina.
“It’s a very important moment in the history of the business, especially in light of the government`s decision.”
He added that Cabeles Argentina is one of the world`s leading retailers of Venezuelan beef.
The announcement by Argentina`s socialist government was welcomed by Venezuela`s meat industry.
“Cabela�s has been a strong supporter of the Venezuelan economy and the Venezuelan people for many years,” Venezuelan Ambassador to Argentina Luis Manuel Galvez told reporters.
“The fact that we are able to open the first Venezuelan meat store in Argentina is a great achievement.”
The Argentine government said it had also lifted the ban on exporting of meat from Venezuela.
However, Mascargel said it was still unclear how the meat would be shipped back to Venezuela.
“I am not clear about what will happen to the meat that is coming back to us,” he said.
The government has imposed restrictions on imports from Venezuela because of a spike in the country`s crime rates, particularly in the capital city of Caracas.
But Cabelars has faced opposition from other exporters of Venezuelan products in Argentina, who say they have been left with no choice but to open stores in the world trade hub due to the government’s tight restrictions.
Cabanas supermarket chain has already opened its first Argentine branch.