Costa Rica: Entry of Nicaraguan Beans Prevented

Costa Rican importers are demanding solutions after health checks prevented the entry of 20 thousand kilos of Nicaraguan red beans because they contained traces of soil.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Nicaraguan union is complaining that the Costa Rican State Phytosanitary Service banned the entry of about 20 trucks carrying red beans after finding traces of dirt and sticks in the shipments.

Alejandro Monge, executive director of the National Association of Bean Manufacturers (Anifri) said "we will present two possible solutions to the institution, because it is not a shipment infected with bacteria, fungi or viruses and because suddenly it is being implemented without prior notice, when we have already bought the grain "

Magda Gonzalez, Director of the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) said "It is a requirement that is established in one of the articles of the law, which states that you are not allowed to import dirt with imported products, in other words it is prohibited, it is not a negotiable or conciliatory regulation." She also stressed that "it is a requirement that is stated when the buying process is carried out."

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Industrialists say prices will keep rising due to shortages caused by the impairment of entry of shipments of red beans from Nicaragua and China.

The shortage of grain in the region and phytosanitary controls which have blocked the entry of shipments of Nicaraguan beans which have traces of soil on them is affecting prices in the domestic market, which have already risen about a dollar per kilo since the first import was stopped in February.

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Industrialist point out that the declaration of shortage of grain by the government has failed to solve the problem in the local market, where the price of a kilo has increased by $1.

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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.

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