Panama's farm exports suffer setbacks

Panama's farm exports have suffered some setbacks this year and producers blame financial difficulties in the main market, the United States.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Melon exports were down 13.7 percent in value and 18.4 percent in volume during the first quarter, compared with the same period of last year.

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Panama: Agricultural Exports Continue to Fall

July 2017

In the first five months of the year, banana, melon, watermelon and pineapple exports fell 7%, 52%, 55%, and 18%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2016.

Figures from the Comptroller General of the Republic indicate that in the case of bananas, the value exported in the first five months of the year amounted to $37 million, while the exported value of watermelon was $6 million.

More Phytosanitary Controls on Agricultural Exports

June 2016

Pineapple exporters claim to have lost $2.3 million since the authorities started making additional inspections of containers at ports of departure.

Arguing that in April an increased presence of insects was detected in containers of pineapples exported to the United States, the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) has tightened control measures, which are no longer limited to inspections on farms and packing plants, but also include an extra inspection at ports of departure.

Agroexports from Costa Rica Lose Market Share

December 2015

In the last ten years, exports of bananas, concentrated fruit juices and coffee and seen a reduction in their share of the world market.

From the executive summary of the report entitled "Analysis of the dynamism of goods exported from Costa Rica: Evolution over the last decade" by State of the Nation:

German Investors Interested in Panama

April 2011

Don Limón, a German food company, seeks to buy banana, pineapple, melon and watermelon from Panama.

Andrés Shindler, owner of the company, toured various plantations, looking for producers able to export to Europe. This company sells around $28 million per year, and buys from Mexico, Costa Rica and Brazil.

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