In the first half of the year better weather conditions led to a 17% increase in export volumes compared to the same period in 2015.
In value terms, banana exports in the first half of the year rose by 24% compared to the same period in 2015, according to figures from the National Banana Corporation (Corbana) mentioned by Nacion.com.
More global competition and less demand from Europe partly explain the stagnation of exports in the last three years.
Official data shows that in the last three years Costa Rican banana exports have stagnated, remaining at between 106 and 107 million boxes, each weighing 18.14 kilos. Businessmen from the sector claim that greater global competition and declining demand in Europe explain the stagnation.
Eleven business chambers are insisting that the reforms to the Labor Code incite illegal strikes.
Nacion.com reports: "The amendments were approved unanimously by the Legal Affairs Committee of Congress, on August 1st, and have already been presented to the plenary."
"The chambers are opposed to the reforms regarding strikes, unions and syndicated workers, which are strengthened at the expense of standing committees (promoted by solidarism), something that encourages protests".