China Authorizes Imports of Pineapple from Costa Rica

With the phytosanitary approval granted by China an opportunity has opened up to sell fresh pineapples in one of the markets with the greatest growth potential.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Twenty pineapple producers have already expressed their interest in exporting pineapple to the Chinese market. Now that the phytosanitary permit has been obtained exporters have an opportunity to start looking for counterparts and begin selling the fruit.

See also "Figures on Pineapple Exports in Central America"

According to the Ministry of Foreign Trade, the growth rate of Chinese pineapple imports between 2011 and 2015 stood at an average of 38% a year, which proves the great potential that China has as a potential consumer of Costa Rican pineapples.

Currently the main pineapple export markets are the US, with 52% of the total, Holland with 15%, and Belgium, Italy and Spain, with 7% each.

Since 2010 the Costa Rican pineapple industry has shown interest in exporting this fruit to China, therefore both countries started exchanging information about this crop. In 2014, after a Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) was finalised, a first technical visit was made to different production areas and packing plants. In 2015 a protocol was signed with the phytosanitary requirements for entry of Costa Rican pineapple into the Chinese market.

Costa Rica currently has authorization to export to China bananas, cattle hides, beef, shrimp and milk. The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock said in a statement that it is working on the procedures to open up the Chinese market to exports of pork, chicken, seafood, beef offal and melon.

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