Contraband Agrochemicals

The agricultural chemical union of Guatemala states that the illicit commercialization of fertilizers, insecticides and fungicides, represents about 12% of the local market.

Monday, September 10, 2018

According to reports from the Association of the Agricultural Chemical Guild (Agrequima), between August 2016 and the same month in 2018, a investigation of agrochemical packaging was carried out in the union's collection centers, in which several products were identified which did not possess the minimum quality requirements.

Prensalibre.com reports that "...As a result of this control activity, 209 suspicious brands were found, of which 104 brands were of Guatemalan origin and had no registration number for the country or a label showing the country of origin, and 105 contraband brands with foreign origin and without registration number in the country."

See also "Central America: Import of fertilizers up 25%"

Ricardo Estrada, president of Agrequima, explained that " ... illegal trade in agrochemicals involves smuggling, counterfeiting, adulteration and transfer of products, and he emphasized that at risk is the health and safety of farmers, their families, their community and the population in general who consume the fruits, vegetables and grains that have received applications of illegally traded agrochemicals."

See "Agrochemicals: Regional Imports Up 6%"

According to reports by CentralAmericaData, in 2017 Guatemala was the main buyer of fertilizers in Central America, importing $232 million worth and in the case of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides it was also the largest regional importer, with a total of $170 million worth.

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