Panama to lift restriction on Ecuadoran imports

The safety protocol that was signed is a step toward the lifting of restrictions on imports of flowers and plants coming from Ecuador.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Minister of Agricultural Development, Guillermo Salazar, clarified the signing of the protocol does "not signify the immediate acceptance of shipments."
Salazar pointed out that on October 13 they will send a technical mission to Ecuador to visit the processing plants, production centers, and points of transport.

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From a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Trade;

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Japan Lifts Restrictions to Panamanian Fruits

April 2010

The Asian country waived a series of food health measures which prevented Panamanian melons, pineapples, watermelons and gourds from entering its market.

Such decision was taken after the region of Azuero was recognized as free from the Mediterranean fly (Moscamed).

Florencio Edwin Pérez, president of the nontraditional agro exporters union Gantrap, commented that “the only obstacle impeding Panama from entering this market was the recognition of the Azuero region as free from the fly”.

Ecuador interested in FTA with Guatemala

October 2008

Negotiations for a FTA between Guatemala and Ecuador could begin in the first semester of 2009

The embassy indicated that they have met with members of the Government to study the possibility of signing a Free Trade Agreement between Guatemala and Ecuador.

Roberto Ponce, Ecuadoran ambassador, pointed out that he is in talks since the beginning of 2008 and that negotiations are scheduled to start in the first semester of 2009.

Panama lifts restrictions on Colombian imports

October 2008

The Department of Food Safety and the Colombian Agricultural Institute signed a protocolo regarding the import of flowers and plants from Colombia yesterday.

It was also pointed out that during the meeting held this week between Food Safety officials from both countries they were able to make significant progress on other issues.

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