US offers to speed up the entrance of Central American products
American Secretary of Agriculture, Edward Schafer, indicated that in order to improve access for the products, they will speed up the processes for phytosanitary approval.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
This process "can take years for a plant or animal product to go from one country to another. We hope to improve the system as long as we are guided by scientific standards and not by political or commercial reasons," said Schafer in a press conference at the end of his two day visit to Guatemala.
An official delegation is inspecting phytosanitary conditions in the Central American country in order to allow imports of beef, leather and milk powder.
The Panamanian Health Authority has issued 13 health certificates to meat processing plants in the three countries interested in exporting to the country.
Approval has been given to the creation of a global system of digital certification to control pests and plant diseases which can spread during international trade.
Ten companies producing chickens, eggs and dairy products have received authorizations valid for three years to export to Honduras.
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