Rambutan, also known as "mamón chino" in Spanish, is exported to Nicaragua, El Salvador, and, to a lesser extent, the United States.
From Elfinancierocr.com: "The U.S. pays better prices and demands higher quality regarding size, appearance, sweetness (degrees brix), and for the pulp separates easily from the seed. Prices fluctuate between $4 and $7 per kilogram."
In the first five months of the year, Honduran exports of non-traditional products totaled $575 million.
According to the Honduran Central Bank's Foreign Trade Report, sales of non-traditional products totaled $1.27 billion in the period.
The general manager of the country's Federation of Agricultural Exporters (FPX) told Laprensa.hn that, "it's good news because it's important for Honduras to export more non-traditional products than coffee and bananas since prices of these fluctuate and non-traditional industries have historically had a buffering effect. However it is hoped that these products can increasingly take a more central role".
Exporters of farmed shrimp, tilapia, melons, Asian vegetables, pineapple, grapefruit, banana and cocoa are negotiating the entry of products into the European market.
The United States is the main market due to its proximity, but with new technologies for food preservation, lengthening their lifespans by up to four weeks, it is expected that more distant markets will be reached.
Health authorities now require any exported rambutans to obtain a certificate stating that they are free of the pests Coccus Moestus and Pseudococcus Landoi.
The National Service of Agrarian Health (Senasa) of Peru has imposed the phytosanitary requirements on imports of any rambutan fruit from Costa Rica, to ensure an adequate level of protection and minimize the risks of entry of quarantine pests into the Andean nation.
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