Venezuela: Where there’s rationing, there’s smuggling
By Fausta's Blog on June 09, 2014
“Toilet paper is in short supply in Venezuela, where each roll was recently selling for more than $6 at the official exchange rate in San Antonio.“ The WSJ reports on two contrasting economies, free-market Colombia, and command-economy Venezuela: Venezuela Pays Price for Smuggling President Loses Popularity Amid Protests as Cheap Goods Move Across Border to Colombian Consumers Stifled by inefficient state-owned factories and price controls, domestic production in Venezuela has plummeted. Moreover, the massive weakening of Venezuela’s currency makes its goods cheaper in Colombia. These factors lead to frequent shortages that make life especially trying for Venezuelans along the border, where smugglers leave little behind on store shelves. . . .