Almost $100 million is the export value of the over 500 species and three thousand varieties of ornamental plants, cut flowers and foliage shipped in 2015.
Of the total production of flowers, ornamental plants and foliage,80% goes to the international market, while the remaining 20% is sold locally.In 2015 salesabroad totaled $95.3 million, and between January and August this year the figure has already exceeded $70 million.
Import tariffs on flowers will rise from 15% to 30%, those on cement clinkers from 0% to 30%, and import duties of clothing will go from between 10% and 15% to 30%.
The increase in tariffs comes on top of a 7% payment on account of the Tax on the Transferof Goods, Furniture and Services (ITBMS) in the case of cement clinkers and clothing.Seedecreepublished in the official newspaper La Gaceta.(In Spanish)
From August 16 until December 31 2016 a higher tariff will be imposed on imports flowers, coal, unpulverized cement and clothing.
Although the statement from the Presidency of Panama does not directly referto Colombia, the products for which import tariffs have been increased mainly come from the country that, despite rulings by the WTO to the contrary, hasextended the term for additional tariffs on goods imported from the Colon Free Zone.
Opportunities in the Arab country have been announced for chutneys, organic coffee, pastries, organic tuna, dried fruits, plants, flowers and foliage.
The Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) has opened a trade promotion office in Qatar. Alvaro Stone, director of Exports at the office, informed Nacion.com that an official has been based in the premises of the Embassy of Costa Rica in that country since late last year.
125 companies are engaged in the production and export of ornamental plants, flowers and foliage, generating more than $86 million in revenue in 2014 alone.
Companies in this sector plan expect to close 2015 with an increase of 5% in exports of ornamental plants compared to 2014, although the European market has yet to regain the levels of imports of plants and flowers it had before the crisis that erupted in 2009. Outside the European market, the United States remains the main destination for ornamental flowers and foliage from Guatemala, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Central America and Asia.
Florexpo indicates excessive paperwork as the main reason behind the decision to close its operations in Costa Rica and move to Guatemala, making 400 employees redundant.
"In Guatemala an import permit seed is processed in two weeks and is effective for one year, while in our country, unfortunately, the process takes four months and the validity of the permit is for a month, this made it impossible to program negotiations and increased business costs by 300%. "
Costs will increase for exporters because of attempts to prevent their containers of fruits, tubers and ornamental plants exported to Europe from being used to transport drugs.
In Europe seizures of drugs hidden in Costa Rican agricultural exports have concerned the agro-export sector, which is demanding greater security controls and processes in shipping goods overseas, both for the measures carried out in the country as well as those carried out once borders have been crossed, explained industry representatives.
A Dutch study presents the expectations of importers of flowers and foliage in terms of sustainability, certification, required standards and other practices.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has conducted a study detailing the expectations of consumers and importers of flowers and foliage in European countries, consumer preferences, procedures and techniques used in the production and transfer of flowers, labeling, relevance of certification of products, and definition of sustainability, among other things.
Increased production costs and increased international competition have forced 71% of producers to turn to other crops.
The reasons for this, explained Monica Segnini, president of the Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica (Cadexco ) are first "the exchange rate and the appreciation of the colon over the last three years, added to which is the increase in production costs".
The Guatemalan Exporters Association is a private non-profit entity, established in 1982; that represents, promotes and develops non traditional exports of Guatemalan companies.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala
Phone: (502) 2422-3400
As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.