With the implementation of the decree in Honduras suspending tax exemptions for 60 days, exporters will have losses of $9 million.
With the implementation of the legislative decree suspending tax benefits for 60 days, exporters of melons, watermelons and cucumbers covered by the Temporary Import Regime (RIT) could record initial losses of $9 million.
The US reopened its melon market to the Montelibano Company after their exports were suspended more than five months ago due to suspicion of salmonella.
The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Hector, Hernandez, explained that "by following the instructions of the FDA" which sent investigators to the farms and installations of Montelibano, the company began to plant new melon plantations for export in December, January, and February.
In the next few days a Honduran delegation will travel to Washington to obtain the investigating body's decision.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States may lift the health warning that was issued for Honduran melons, once the Agrolibano company has complied with all the measures required to avoid salmonella contamination.
The Agrolíbano company could learn as early as this week whether it will be able to resume exporting its melons to the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will notify it once the results of its analysis of the production system of the fruit in the affected finca are completed. Its exports had been banned due to a suspected outbreak of salmonella.
The American Ambassador to Honduras, Charles Ford, has confirmed that he has been in touch with FDA officials to see how the investigation is progressing. "I can't say for sure, but I have the impression that it will be in the next week," he said of the decision.