Aguacate in Costa Rica: Mexico Presents Proposal

Establishing areas free of the sunblotch pest and certify them according to international standards is what Mexico has proposed in order to sell avocados to Costa Rica once again.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The proposal submitted by Mexico to the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica and the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) includes the establishment of certain areas of fruit cultivation which are certified to be free of the pest. This certification would be done according to international health standards and would have the backing of the SFE.

Dallanese Francisco, director of SFE, told that "... 'Without doubt, a delegation of technicians should go to Mexico to certify and verify areas that effectively have no Avocado sunblotch viroid pest .' "

".. Costa Rica closed the market to Mexico, despite criticism from importers, on May 5, 2015, as well as eight other countries, citing the presence of this disease. "

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Costa Rica Could Start Importing Mexican Avocados Again

March 2017

Importers could assume the cost of a laboratory test to determine the absence of the sunblotch disease so that the SFE can authorize entry into the country.

The proposal was raised by the SFE in a meeting held with Mexican authorities in late February.

Costa Rica: Political Changes in Phytosanitary Controls

June 2016

The departure of the director of the SFE could improve dialogue between authorities and agribusiness after months of confrontation over the imposition of non tariff barriers.

The minister of Agriculture called for the resignation of Francisco Dall'Anese, after the previous director of the SFE did not abide by the recommendation of the Ministry to suspend the additional measure of Inspection of Containers of pineapples at ports.

In a statement issued by the Ministry, the chief Luis Felipe Arauz said 'I, as Minister, asked her to resign. It is absolutely false that the deputy minister signed any certificates that were not inspected. She asked for, and I supported,  a return to the system of inspections in packing plants and in the field, in this way strengthening controls in order to improve the issue of INTs in pineapples'." reports that "...From yesterday afternoon, explained Arauz, controls on pineapple exports at the port were suspended and measures were streamlined in order to reinforce SFE staff carrying out inspections in the field with six officials from the MAG as well as a plan to train inspectors from companies in coordination with the United States Department of Agriculture. "

See also: "Costa Rica: A Year Without Mexican Avocados"

In relation to the conflict over the ban on imports of avocados from Mexico, the minister was clear that the situation remains the same. "...After repeating several times that the dispute was only on the issue of changes in pineapple controls, minister Arauz said that support is being maintained for other controversial measures taken by the now former director of the SFE, such as the issue of Hass avocados."

USA and South Africa Denounce Costa Rica Over Avocados

July 2015

Guatemala and Mexico have joined forces in their complaints to the WTO over restrictions on the importation of Hass Avocados.

The concerns of these two countries were presented at the monthly meeting of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the World Trade Organization, where Guatemala and Mexico also expressed concern about the trade impact of the measure imposed by Costa Rica.

WTO Alerted Over Costa Rica's Restriction on Avocados

July 2015

Guatemala and Mexico have triggered a mechanism of "commercial concern" over restrictions on the importation of Hass avocado imposed by Costa Rica.

There will be a period of 60 days for Costa Rica to respond to the concerns presented by the delegations from Mexico and Guatemala in the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures at the World Trade Organization.

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