Caracas Venezuela: food, staple shortages in marginal neighborhoods

Posted on March 17, 2013 • Filed under: Business, Economy, Venezuela

Food and personal care products and household cleaners are more expensive in neighborhoods and popular areas of Caracas. Small traders, mostly informal, which have shops in their homes or rooms under the stairs and up makeshift basement with just a window to dispatch, said they cost more to fill small cupboards and shelves that also has affected commodity shortages. Sanchez argues that the supply is incomplete because it fails on all products and wholesalers when flour, sugar, milk and other foods regulated, are obliged to buy other items to be sold for at least a lump the controlled price . “Almost all products covered put them between 2 and 5 bolivars more so that they can sell, because nobody in the neighborhood dispatches here. We come down, pay more distributors and fund transportation leaving over 250 bolivars ( USD 39.74) “. He claims that many staples are not in neighborhoods. “Bring regulated products is very difficult. We have to pay for a bag of 50 kilos of sugar to 550 bolivars (USD 87.44) to wholesalers in the city below. Sugar is regulated in 6.11 bolivars, but we get in 11 bolivars to sell at 12. then it is better not sell that product to avoid problems with people, “he says. Read Article

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