Costa Rica Could Import Beans From Outside Region

The Government is analysing whether to declare a shortage of beans and authorize the entry, of zero tariff grain from countries outside of Central America.

Monday, June 2, 2014

A study which quantifies purchase inventories that industrialists have made to local producers, will be used as a basis for the National Production Council (CNP) to determine the amount and type of grain to be imported and recommend to the institutions responsible whether they should declare a shortage. Once the declaration has been made and in accordance with the Act 8763, there would be no tariffs applied on the import of beans from countries outside of Central America with countries which have international treaties that are in force.

"Alejandro Monge, executive director of the National Association of Bean Manufacturers said that the declaration of a shortage would do nothing if there was not a resolution to the actions of the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) which has slowed some imports coming from Nicaragua. "

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