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.

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Russian Certification of Costa Rican Meat and Dairy Products

May 2012

An official delegation is inspecting phytosanitary conditions in the Central American country in order to allow imports of beef, leather and milk powder.

A Statement from the Ministry of Agriculture reads:

Costa Rica continues its attempts to open up new export markets for products of animal origin, by receiving Russian health authorities who are conducting an audit visit which runs from May 22 until June 1.

Panama Certifies Meat Plants in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Chile

June 2014

The Panamanian Health Authority has issued 13 health certificates to meat processing plants in the three countries interested in exporting to the country.

The plants received that certification and which are in compliance with the phytosanitary requirements for exporting cattle and sheep meat to Panama can also send milk products from both species.

Global Phytosanitary Certification

March 2015

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.

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer):

The Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), consisting of 181 countries, has approved the creation of a new global electronic certification system called E-Phyto, which will help stop the spread of pests and diseases via agricultural products transported in international trade, in a way that is safer and cheaper.

Honduras Certifies Costa Rican Agroindustrial Plants  

July 2013

Ten companies producing chickens, eggs and dairy products have received authorizations valid for three years to export to Honduras.  

From a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica:

After a series of efforts by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and the National Animal Health Service, Honduran authorities have authorized for three years a dozen Costa Rican plants producing fertile eggs, one day old chicks, frozen chicken and dairy products for export to the market.

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