Costa Rica: Bureaucracy Slows Exports

Due to delays in the issuance of health certificates from the Animal Health Service a company that exports sweeteners has failed to get its product into Mexico.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The company Sweetwell claims it has two 40 ton containers detained in Mexico because it did not have two certifications that should have been issued by the Animal Health Service days ago. Carlos Mateo, CEO of Sweetwell told "... on Wednesday the permit will have been 20 days in process and we still do not have it."

".. The Minister of Foreign Trade (Comex), Alexander Mora, confirmed the problem, but said the company is also guilty because it should have understood all the requirements very clearly. "

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Growing Consumption of Natural Sweeteners

October 2014

Projections are for growth of 5% a year in the demand for natural sweeteners with no calories up to 2017, occurring mainly in developed markets such as Europe, Japan and North America.

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):

Advantame Sweetener Approved in U.S.

June 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Advantame as a general purpose sweetener and flavor enhancer in foods.

From the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):

The FDA approves the use of the artificial sweetener Advantame

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Advantame for use as a general purpose sweetener and flavor enhancer in foods, except meat and poultry.

Honduras Certifies Costa Rican Agroindustrial Plants  

July 2013

Ten companies producing chickens, eggs and dairy products have received authorizations valid for three years to export to Honduras.  

From a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica:

After a series of efforts by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and the National Animal Health Service, Honduran authorities have authorized for three years a dozen Costa Rican plants producing fertile eggs, one day old chicks, frozen chicken and dairy products for export to the market.

Exporting is Possible But There is No Product

October 2012

Following a lengthy certification process, China has opened up to beef imports from Costa Rica, but farmers say they don’t have enough production.

In a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX) it was announced that "The authorities of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ) reported that Costa Rica has been officially included in the list of countries with authorization to export beef to China .... the opening up of China for the export of frozen beef meat is the result of intensive work by the National Animal Health Service, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX) and the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) to achieve compliance with the requirements for signing the SPS protocols that allow access of Costa Rican agricultural products to the Chinese market. "

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