Amazon.com has been quietly selling Colombia’s cheapest products at record prices, despite the government’s call to end the practice.
The company has been secretly selling Colombia a mix of food, clothing and electronics for $20,000 to $40,000 per kilogram (5,000-6,000 pounds), according to Colombian state-run news agency Proceso.
The price is higher than the prices Colombia’s government has been charging Amazon for its products.
The news agency reported that the company’s Colombian division, Amazonia, was able to undercut the Colombian government’s prices by using an international shipping company, Cargill, to ship items directly to Amazon customers in Colombia.
The government also said Amazon has to sell its goods to Colombian companies, but Amazon did not respond to questions about the reports.
The company has previously said it will end the use of a local company to ship goods to Colombia.
Colombia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food is currently negotiating with Amazon for a new shipping partner, according to Procesos.
Amazon has also been buying Colombian products, including coffee, rice and corn, from local companies.
Colombia is Colombia’s third-largest export market.